Moriches Elementary School recently hosted “Wellness Week,” five days dedicated to helping students become more aware of the actions that they take throughout the day that have an impact on their overall wellness. Each day had its own special theme – “Mindful Monday,” which provided students with the opportunity to practice mindfulness; “Try it Tuesday,” which encouraged students to wear the color of their favorite fruit or vegetable, with students who were “caught” eating healthy having their picture taken and displayed on the cafeteria bulletin board; “Walking Wednesday” which provided an opportunity for students to walk a quarter mile with their class; “Recess Rocks” on Thursday with new activities and equipment for students to use on the playground during recess; and a dance party on Friday to celebrate the end of wellness week.
“It was wonderful watching students engage in healthy choices throughout the week,” said Melissa Knoetgen, Moriches Elementary School social worker. “Students were especially excited to try new fruits and vegetables and learned the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices.”
Students and staff also had the opportunity to welcome volunteers from Wanda’s Weight Room Plus in Moriches and Kim’s Karate & Kickboxing in Shirley for special assemblies on exercise, fitness and self-defense. Special thanks to Aramark Food Services for providing fresh fruit salad throughout Wellness Week.