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Many independent schools have wellness policies in place, or have begun the process of implementing one. In a 2015 NAIS survey, 21 percent of independent schools that responded reported that they had a health or well-being policy. Wellness is an integral piece of the health and prevention puzzle, but schools who only address student wellness miss an incredible opportunity to keep teachers and staff healthy, save money, reduce teacher burnout and improve student outcomes. Wellness is the ...

According to The American Heart Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics and The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, children under the age of 18 should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Between September and June, the goal is for 30 of those minutes to come during the school day. Schools provide opportunities for sports practices and games, physical education classes, daily recess, brain breaks and many thoughtful activities to keep physical activity fun a...

“Our surroundings provide a variety of cues that contribute not only to what we learn, but also to how we learn.” - Patricia L. Linn, Adam Howard, Eric Miller Nature-based curriculums have been shown to improve the mental well-being of students and education professionals. Some of the highlights of this research include: Nature boosts performance in the classroom First off, nature has been shown to improve academic achievement in reading, writing, mathematics, and social studi...

Six Ways To Develop A More Positive Mindset

Practical tips that will help you put yourself in a better position to succeed Whatever you’re looking to achieve in your life, you are going to face some setbacks. How you respond to those will play a big part in whether you are successful or not in your endeavours. But being resilient is easier said than done. We spoke to mindset coach Caroline Britton who works with athletes and entrepreneurs, about six methods you can try to improve the way you approach your goals. Each can work in i...

New Report Finds 30 Minutes of Sleep Separate A and F Students in High School

Further proof that shut-eye is key. It’s no secret that sleep is crucial for developing minds, but a surprising new report reveals that even a slight increase can make a huge difference in a child’s grades. The report, titled “Study, Sleep Retreat: Exploring High School Students’ Sleep Patterns in America,” was published by The Best Mattress, a mattress review website. The authors analyzed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Youth Risk Behavior Survey” from 20...

When I was a kid, I always had this dream of being Santa one day. Here’s this overweight guy with a smile who sleeps all year, then shows up one night to give gifts to everyone in the world. . . .  What a fun job that would be! I also have all these great memories of traditions that our family created around this invisible character called Santa. For example, the reindeer food we tossed out on Christmas Eve along the path to the house and chimney.  Then you have the cookies and milk, and o...

How is your holiday season going? Let me tell you about how it’s going for my friend Andy, who celebrates Christmas. Andy is a young executive who travels extensively. He is married to Ginger, and together they have three young children. When we got together, Andy talked about how he had been bracing himself for the beginning of the holiday season (which started the week of Halloween for his young family). Here is what his fall and early winter look like: Starting the last week in Octobe...

One of the most basic universal human needs is to love and to be loved. Most of us know this to be true, but there’s a mound of evidence (and plenty of Ted Talks) that back it up, too. Our need to be loved takes many forms, such as the need for touch. Just look at all the studies that show a correlation between developmental delays in babies and a lack of physical contact. One study shows how a parent’s loving touch actually helps to form a childs brain! And I’ve written before about the i...

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