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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 Educators Benefit Services (EBS) WellEducated Wellness Program is designed to provide information to schools in order to make healthy choices that can improve employee well-being. Incorporating a Wellness Program in the workplace helps provide well-being activities that can assist in improving the quality of life for employees.  Well-being has five essential elements: purpose, social, financial, physical and community.   Our goal at EBS is to inspire our member schools in promoting these five essential elements of well-being by implementing innovative and effective wellness initiatives.  To support this goal, EBS and UnitedHealthcare have agreed to provide funding for wellness initiatives to our member schools.

In addition to providing funding for wellness initiatives, there are three WellEducated ratings for schools to achieve within the EBS Wellness Program.   These rated designations are as followings:

  1. WellEducated School
  2. WellEducated "A" Rated School
  3. WellEducated "A+" Rated School - NEW designation for 2018 participants!!

Our NEW "WellEducated Guide" outlines how to achieve all three WellEducated ratings.  This guide can be used in conjunction with the "Wellness Toolkit".   Please contact EBS for copies of the "WellEducated Guide" and "Wellness Toolkit".

As for the history of the WellEducated Program, EBS incorporated this wellness initiative in 2016.   Six EBS member schools joined the program and earned the designation of a WellEducated "A" Rated School.  These six schools were:

  • Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School - 2017 "A" Rated School
  • Friends School of Baltimore - 2017 "A" Rated School
  • Glenelg Country School
  • Sidwell Friends School - 2017 "A" Rated School
  • Sandy Spring Friends School - 2017 "A" Rated Schol
  • Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart - 2017 "A" Rated School

In 2017, 22 EBS member schools (including the six 2016 participating schools above) participated in the WellEducated Program.  New to the program were:

  • Boys' Latin School 
  • Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School - 2017 "A" Rated School
  • Friends Community School - 2017 "A" Rated School
  • Garrison Forest School
  • Georgetown Day School- 2017 "A" Rated School
  • Greenspring Montessori
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School
  • The Key School
  • Loyola Blakefield - 2017 "A" Rated School
  • McLean School
  • Mercy High School
  • Oldfields
  • Sheridan School
  • St. John's Episcopal School
  • St. Timothy's School
  • Woods Academy

For 2018, 28 schools (including 2016-17 participating schools) have joined the WellEducated Program.  New to the program are:

  • Christ Episcopal School
  • Kent School
  • Landon School
  • Maryvale Preparatory School
  • McDonogh School
  • Park School
  • Primary School

Of these 28 schools, some will qualify to receive the honor of a WellEducated "A" Rated School or the NEW designation of a WellEducated "A+" Rated School for 2018.

For more information on becoming a WellEducated School, contact Sally Birmingham at sbirmingham@ebsonline.net or Melissa Sedenka at msedenka@ebsonline.net.

"The greatest wealth is health." ~ Virgil