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Teacher: Meredith JJ Johnson who teaches at The Collegiate School in Richmond, VA. Meredith JJ Johnson can be contacted at

Name of Best Practice: Wellness Day

Rationale/Purpose of Event: To expose students to wellness information and activities from community resources and listen to well-respected speakers in a variety of professional fields.

Suggested Grade Level: 5-8

Wellness Day

Wellness Day Theme: Creating A Sound Mind In A Sound BODY!

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2005
Time: all-day (8:00-3:20)
Site: Collegiate School – Middle School campus
Grade Levels: 5 – 8
Total Number of Students: approximately 480 (60 girls & 60 boys per grade level)

Opening Speaker: Rene Bibaud
(World Jump Rope Champion, Artist with Cirque Du Soleil, and ESPN Color Commentator)
She will do a 40-min. Action-Oriented Fitness Based Program -- with messages based on:
- Trying your best
- Working at your own level
- Staying physically fit
- Keeping your body free from drugs
- Staying focused on the positive

(Rene will be our opening speaker at 8:15-9:00. Plus, she will host 30 min. workshops in Jacobs Gym.)

Closing Speaker: Greg Dale
(Sports Psychology -- from Duke University)
Message: "Maximizing Your Potential"
Key points from message:
- Prepare for success
- Quality preparation
- Prepare for the unexpected
- Persevere
-Trust your instincts
- Play your role

(12:10-12:55 Upper School audience; 2:30-3:15 Middle School audience)

Speaker Sessions/Topics:
o Diet and Nutrition (Dr. Madge Zacharias Cerreto & Ray Easterling)
o Sports Nutrition & Supplements (Carol Johnson from U of R)
o Stress Management (Dr. Christopher Chin from the Children’s Hospital)
o Emotional Health (Dr. Tony Vitiello & Dr. Debbie Daniels-Mohring)

Large Group Activity: SEAL Team activities

There will be 4 sessions – one per grade level
Approximately 120 students per session.
Activities will include team building and calisthenics on the football field.

Demonstrations and Activities:
o Aerobics (Tuckahoe YMCA)
o Aerobic Kickboxing (Justice Karate)
o Karate (Justice Karate)
o Jump Rope (Renee’ Bibaud)
o Pilate (Pilates, Dance, and More)
o Yoga (Yoga Source)
o Speed, Power, Agility training (Velocity Sports Performance training center)

Other Presenters:

• American Red Cross
• American Heart Association

Lunch: 12:00-12:40
- Outdoor Picnic for ALL Middle School students
- If schedule permits, several players from the Richmond Kickers will make an appearance.
- Displays:
1) American Red Cross
2) American Heart Association
3) The Switch Beverage Company


T-shirts: Kathy is working on finding a sponsor to help in purchasing t-shirts (approximately 550 t-shirts) for ALL MS students and faculty to wear the day of the event. Sponsors of the event could be listed on the shirt as well.

Parents’ Association: One parent will act as a host/hostess per presenter.

Video Presentation: the Collegiate MSPE team is putting together an information booklet and possibly a video that we hope to use in a presentation at the State and National conferences for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

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Posted on PEC: 2/14/2005 and has received 55 votes.

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