Current Challenge Quarter Specifics
The 3rd quarter Wow Us With Wellness challenge period will begin the week of January 21st. You can preview the Wow Us With Wellness 2018 Q3 Reference Sheet here.
Wow Us With Wellness Challenge – Background
The DIS Wellness Committee developed this challenge as part of our participation in the The Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness School Wellness Checklist (“SWC” Contest). We hope it will encourage students and their families to make healthy choices in their day-to-day lives. Some students may already engage in most of the challenge items as part of their family’s lifestyle, others may find that the challenge offers an opportunity to try several new things, and still others will fall somewhere in the middle. We want to recognize all of these students (and families) and encourage anyone who participates to try something new.
How To Participate
- Complete at least 5 activities from the current Wow Us With Wellness Reference List. The activities are loosely organized into different aspects of wellness (nutrition, fitness, lifestyle/mindfulness) and we encourage you to try to complete at least one item from every category of the challenge. Some activities are one-time events, but most are meant to be completed each week during the entire challenge period.
- Submit your information ONLINE when the submission link is posted on this page during the last week of the Challenge period. The link will be available for approximately one week for your submissions.
- Share your photos! Did you eat a new vegetable? Run a race? Try yoga for the first time? We want to know! Participate in our Wow Us With Wellness photo gallery by sharing photos (with a parent’s permission) of you and your family completing one or more of the challenge activities. You can email digital photos to Nurse Cohen at CohenA@bcsdschools.net, or send hard copies to your homeroom teacher, labeled “Attention Nurse Cohen”. Students may submit one photo per week during the challenge period and should include their name, teacher’s name, grade level and activity depicted in the photo. The Wow Us with Wellness photo gallery is located on the bulletin board next to the PTA room in the E hall. This is a great opportunity to inspire others and celebrate positive choices! (Within each academic quarter we occasionally include extra photo contests – these are in addition to the weekly photo submission.)
- Every student who completes the challenge and submits an entry online will receive a quarterly participation prize and the opportunity to win additional raffle prizes! Incentives vary each Quarter, but all students who participate for the first time will receive a “Wow Us” zipper pull for their backpack. Last year, raffle prizes included a gift card to Tri-Everything, Glo for it 5k entry, Peace Love Hip Hop swag, and a free climb at Wild Blue Ropes!
Check out the following resources for inspiration in various areas of the challenge.
Special to Q3 (Coming soon!):
- Within each academic quarter we occasionally include extra contests. More information will be posted as appropriate.
What’s On Your Plate?
- Plan ahead to include more vegetables during the all too busy work and school weeks.
- Try one of these healthy dips. Substitute ingredients as needed to accommodate your family’s dietary needs.
- Challenge yourself to include veggies for breakfast. For the littler crew, or Dr. Seuss fans of any age, try these fun Green Eggs and Ham. Find more easy and delicious breakfast ideas here.
- Get help planning a home vegetable garden from Clemson Extension (with regional planting dates).
- Did your grandmother ever tell you to slow down and chew your food? She was right! Various experts recommend chewing your food up to 30 times before swallowing as an important part of the digestive process.
- Click here for information on the topic of Mindful Eating.
- Click here to review the basics of why water drinking is so important for health.
Move More, Together!
- Make physical activity part of your routine.
- Get silly with some fun family activities that can double as play and exercise.
- Try some fun workouts involving the whole family.
- How Exercising Together Makes Your Family Stronger.
- Find an Event with: Charleston Running Club calendar or Running in the USA’s awesomely searchable Race Calendar.
- Review important bike safety and pedestrian safety tips, and DIS How to get home safety tips sheet.
- Why 60 minutes of aerobic activity per day? And what’s “moderate to vigorous”? See CDC recommendations and tips for daily, youth physical activity here.
Yoga, Mindfulness and More
- CosmicKids offers a collection of videos searchable by length, activity level, and categories including yoga, mindfulness, meditation, stories and dance. Themes include Minecraft, Frozen, Star Wars, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and much more.
- Read about some mindful breathing exercises.
- Sleep More, Sleep Better – Check out this great sleep calculator that allows you to calculate recommendations by age and wake time. It also includes tips on setting healthy sleep routine.
Some specific resources from past activities:
- November is a month of Thanksgiving! What’s a Gratitude Journal?
- Think outside the toy box for this holiday gift giving season! Get inspired with this great guide.
- Healthier (but still fun) Alternative Halloween treats.
- Click for an explanation of the “Pick One Thing” activity.
- Read about some mindful breathing exercises.
Spotlight on prior drawing rewards:
After the conclusion of each quarter we strive to recognize some of the students who’ve put in an especially great effort in the challenge. Our winners from the 2nd Quarter of 2017-18 included those who participated in the 2nd Quarter of the Challenge and submitted photos of themselves completing challenge activities, as well as students randomly chosen from those who participated in both the 1st and 2nd Quarter of the Challenge. Winners were able to “shop” for kinesthetic classroom equipment like wobble cushions, balance balls and chair bands, and were recognized for their commitment to good health. The equipment was shared by the winners and their classmates. We even had one generous middle school winner who donated her prize to an elementary classroom.