Wellness Program

Posted April 15, 2019

Elementary Students are Participating in an after-school “Running Club”!

Using the Kids Marathon Mileage Log, kids track 25 miles for 6 -10 weeks leading up to Marathon weekend, Saturday, June 1st, 2019 – 3pm at the Port Angeles City Pier. They set their own weekly goals, record their miles and earn rewards. On kids race day, the actual marathon course will be theirs and they will run their last 1.2 miles at City Pier under the same finish line as the marathon! All kids are welcome to participate in this fun run event. Kids are working to log 25 miles before the event, so the total is a full marathon. http://nodm.com/kids-marathon/

Thanks to Jen Jurgensen’s time and efforts, about 23 students are meeting after school at Greywolf Elementary to log miles for the Kid’s Marathon. The group started the week before break, meeting T/Th for an hour after school. Each meeting Jen is adding some health and wellness topics too! There is discussion included about hydration, warming up and stretching, with nutrition talks planned as well.

During the sessions, students:

1) have a quick chat and hydrate/snack
2) dynamic warm up
3) run laps for endurance
4) play a running game
5) cool down/stretch
6) log miles on tracking sheet

It's been fun!
Jennifer Jurgensen
Sequim School District Speech, Language Pathologist

Posted April 15, 2019

Due to Dr. Kirsti Turella’s (DDS), Dr. Travis Johnson’s (DDS), Amy Pearson’s (RDA) dedication and concern for our children’s oral health, students throughout the District have received oral health education in their classrooms recently. In addition to presentations, the students received dental supplies (hundreds of tooth brushes, toothpaste and floss), donated by Dr. Turella’s office; Jamestown Dental, Dr. Johnson’s office; Dungeness Dental and Olympic Peninsula Community Clinic (formerly VIMO). Beyond February and March, additional dental supplies from VIMO will help the students we see in the health rooms who may not have access to dental hygiene resources at home.

The Oral Health Education Program is exciting, inventive and VERY important to the Sequim School District.
Thank you! Dr. Turella, Dr. Johnson and Amy Pearson for all the time you volunteer for our students!

Good oral health is important for good general health and quality of life. Oral health affects both physical health and mental health. It affects how we grow, enjoy life, look, speak, chew, taste food and socialize. Dental care remains a top unmet health care need for children. But dental disease is largely preventable by practicing simple behaviors at home. Learn ways to prevent tooth decay and gum disease and enjoy better overall health. https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/children_adults/child.htm

For the next three weeks Helen Haller students will be participating in the Kids Heart Challenge/Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser put on by the American Heart Association. Pledge sheets and donations should be turned in to the office by Friday, April 12. During this period, Mr. Julmist will be working with students at the Boys and Girls Club during their Physical Education period on learning how to jump rope and educating them on the benefits of a healthy heart.

Everyone can benefit from the 5210 message:

  • Aim for 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
  • Aim for 2 or less hours of recreational screen time every day.
  • Aim for 1 hour or more of physical activity every day.
  • Aim for 0 drinks with added sugar every day.
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Healthy habits start at home and take time to develop. This handy tracker will help you adopt healthier habits.

5210 Challenge for Healthy Habits

Read this Sequim Gazette article to find out more information about how the health initiative Ready, Set, Go 5210! And the Olympic Peninsula Healthy Community Coalition got its start!