BCBSVT Windham Advisory Board grants more than $5,000 to area schools

Originally published May 25, 2019 in Vermont Biz.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s Windham County Community Advisory Board (WCCAB) has provided over $5,000 in grants to area schools as part of its ongoing commitment to promote physical activity and improve the overall health of Vermonters.

Schools receiving grants are The Academy School, Brattleboro Area Middle School, Central Elementary School, Dummerston School, Green Street School, Oak Grove School and Retreat Farm. Read More

To get kids and adults to exercise, here’s what works

Originally published May 28, 2019 in Scope, by Stanford Medicine.

By Daphne Sashin

Study after study confirms the benefits of exercise: Physically active people feel happier, get more sleep and have a lower risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and many cancers. It’s one of the most important things anyone can do to improve their health.

But knowing all that hasn’t gotten us off the couch. Read More

Wellness gains more pull at Grandview Heights Schools

Originally published May 27, 2019 in This Week’s Community News.

By Alan Froman

As the school year was nearing its end, Stevenson Elementary School students took part in a field day May 21, romping through games, activities and inflatables set up at Pierce Field.

“It’s our traditional day of celebrating the end of the school year and letting the kids blow off some steam after a year of hard work,” Stevenson physical-education teacher Tom Gilbert said. Read More

Macomber teacher Teresa Mahjoory shines in SEL challenge

Originally published May 12, 2019 in The Herald News.

By Linda Murphy

As Alice A. Macomber Primary School physical education teacher Teresa Mahjoory proves, there’s more than one way to bring social-emotional wellness to her students.

In fact, Mahjoory slipped social-emotional wellness initiatives into just about every facet of the school day, handily landing the school in first place for the 8th annual Greater Fall River School Fitness Challenge. With the $500 prize, she plans to bring another element to the school that will promote social-emotional wellness: an outdoor classroom in an unused grassy area adjacent to the building. Read More