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In today’s fast-paced world, in which lifestyle choices are influenced by convenience and technology, chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure are rising at alarming rates. The EBS WellEducated initiative is designed provide the information faculty and staff need to make informed choices that can improve their health and well being. Workplace health programs have the potential to impact areas such as healthcare costs, absenteeism, productivity, recruitment/retention, culture and employee morale.

To support this goal EBS and UHC have agreed to provide funding for wellness initiatives to our member schools. 

22 AIMS member schools currently participate in the WellEducated Wellness program.

6 of these schools have earned the special designation as a WellEducated “A” Rated School. This honor is awarded to schools that have qualified for our WellEducated Wellness Program and have consistently implemented innovative and effective wellness programs for their faculty and staff for the past several years.

An “A” Rated School receives:

• Special recognition on EBS and AIMS websites
• Schools will be featured in AIMS Insights Newsletter
• Invitation to AIMS WellEducated Wellness Events
• A WellEducated “A” Rated School logo to display on your website and for use in communications
WellEducated “A” Rated School window stickers for display on your campus

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School

A new Wellness Ambassador has been chosen! They have re-evaluated their program by asking employees to complete a new Wellness Survey. As a result, additional interests and ideas have been introduced.

 

 

Friends School of Baltimore

The Friends Community has identified experts in both yoga and personal training to hold workout sessions. A Whole Foods Workshop has been provided for employees in the past, offering free giveaways such as cutting boards and knives. Walking groups have been formed to help promote wellness outside the office. The school nurse has also been involved in the support and success of their Wellness Program. Coming soon “Wellness Room – Quiet Space.”

 

 

Glenelg Country School

A Healthy Snacks Program was introduced to replace saltines and graham-crackers with fresh fruits and vegetables across campus. Parents have also taken the initiative to support this program as they are contributing produce from local markets.

 

 

Sidwell Friends School

Annual Biometric Screenings are held to encourage faculty and staff to monitor their Body Mass Index (BMI), Cholesterol and Blood Pressure. Yoga classes have been offered along with seated massages to help employees relax after along work day. Health Fairs have allowed faculty and staff to maintain their interest in health and well-being. Below are a few testimonies:

o New Mom & Teacher - “Having a free and convenient weekly yoga class is invaluable. Helping her keep fit and provide a needed respite from her busy schedule.”
o Employee with long commute - “Monthly chair massages are wonderful treats at the end of a very busy day.”
o Upper School Employee - “By attending activities at both campuses I’ve met people that I otherwise have no contact with. I like expanding my network within the school and this has helped me to feel more integrated in the community.”

 

 

Sandy Spring Friends School

Launching the Weight Watchers Program on Campus resulted in 175lbs lost in the 1st year! Yoga and Zumba classes are popular here as well when it comes to keeping the weight off and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

 

 

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart hosts an annual wellness week. Each year the committee will pick a theme and create a unique brand logo for all communications.


• E-mail announcing the them and activities
• Publish full activity details and schedule on their Wellness Website
• Participants log their participation in activities using Google Doodle Poll. Some activities can be completed at home
• Each year there are giveaways and awards for participation
• Each year the committee surveys the faculty & staff to gauge interest and feedback for future events

Here are some of the activities:

 Art Therapy - Mug painting   Walk the new Turf Field
 Seated mini massage  Triathlon 
 Smoothie Station Watch a Ted Talk, Try Something New
 Stress Less & Flourish More, Life Coach Speaker  Hula Hooping 
 Shoot some Hoops   Work Your Core - Challenge 

Here are their Wellness Week Logos:

   

 

 

Would your school like to become a part of our AIMS WellEducated Wellness Program? To learn how your school can qualify for WellEducated funding, contact: msedenka@ebsonline.net.