New Year, New You

  • What if we stopped pursuing happiness, or at least our definition of happiness, and instead focused on creating more meaning and purpose within our lives? What if we made this our goal for 2020 - instead of chasing things that will most likely only bring us fleeting happiness, and maybe even anxiety and overall dissatisfaction. Instead of chasing the bigger house, the latest gadget, the better body, the newest car, we took steps to grow our sense of belonging, experienced more transcendence, pursued our purpose and rewrote the stories we told ourselves?

    We ended the year off with our Hold the Holiday’s Challenge and it was encouraging the number of participants who made a commitment to challenging themselves to maintain or lose weight during one of the most challenging times of the year.  Way to go to all those made the commitment and set yourself up on a good start to a healthier you in 2020.  

    There has been a lot of buzz in the district about when the next challenge will be and we are bringing back, by popular demand, the FROSTY CHALLENGE.  Stay tuned as you will receive information about the Frosty Challenge in the next couple of weeks. 

    If you started 2020 off with a resolution to do something to better yourself, we hope that is going well and that you have found your groove.  If January hit and you just hadn’t taken the time to think about what 2020 will look like for you or you felt like you didn’t know how to take that next step in your wellness journey, we truly believe this Frosty Challenge will help anyone and everyone who wants a little more accountability in taking that next step.

    As a Wellness team, we are committed to pursuing and bringing new, fun, and exciting wellness options to our Westonka staff.  We are always open to suggestions and feedback from you as to what you’d like to see in terms of wellness for our staff.  

     

Steamrolling into 2020!

  • December is among us and with it comes the cold weather.  In the colder months after a long day at school and you're bundled up to go home it is challenging to go home and find the energy for yourself.  We want to encourage you to continue to make your health and wellness a priority.
     
    As we steamroll into 2020, what are the top 3 things you want to do for you?  We encourage you to write them down and tell someone.  Set a goal to work on you in 2020.  Is your goal to read more?  Maybe your goal is to unplug more and make time for friends and family?  Join a group fitness class, get a personal trainer, or get a gym membership?  Instead of trying a fad diet, maybe you're getting back to the basics of eating healthy and getting proper nutrition in your body.  Whatever it is, set your healthy SMART goals now so when 2020 hits, you have an action plan to achieve those goals.
     
    We have kicked off our school year strong and many individuals have taken control of their health and wellness.  Join your fellow Westonka colleagues and make 2020 a year a great vision for your future in terms of health and wellness.
     
    Take advantage of the wellness initiatives we offer through the Westonka Wellness Program
     
    One benefit that is free to you is the Personal Wellness Profile (PWP)  If you haven't taken advantage of it, you don't want to miss out on this opportunity that is FREE until December 18th. 
     

Personal Wellness Profile

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Giving Thanks! Having an attitude of gratitude.

  • Thank you for being such a great staff and pouring so much of yourselves into your work. You all make Westonka a great place to work!

    We want to give a huge shout-out to Janice Bradburn, Paraprofessional at MWHS, as the WINNER of the October Wellness Trivia. Janice is the winner of a FREE 30-day membership at the Westonka Activities Center. Thank you, Janice and everyone who participated in the Trivia. For those of you who missed out, no stress - you can participate in the November Trivia. If you were curious about the marathon trivia question, the answer was 82 total marathons were run by the selected Westonka staff.

    As we enter the Holiday season, the days can get busier, the weather gets colder, and the sunlight sometimes seems as though it doesn’t want to come out.  We want to encourage you to continue to take care of yourself.  Make time, even if it is just a little bit each day, to invest in yourself.  

    As a staff, we want to be our best for those we serve but sometimes our cup is not full.  Fill your cup up with gratitude and things that energize you. Surround yourself with others that fill up your cup.  

    As you browse through the Westonka Wellness website you will find tips to help you keep your wellness a priority.

From the Wellness Team

  • We hope your year is off to a great start! 

     
    Our Westonka Wellness mantra is "SOARING TO A HEALTHIER YOU!"
    We want to meet you where you are at with your health and wellness journey and lock arms with you to make Westonka Public Schools the best we can be in terms of our health and wellness.
     
    As Wellness Ambassadors for Westonka Public Schools, our goal is to serve you better. We hold monthly Wellness Committee meetings with the Wellness Ambassadors from all our buildings in the district. Our aim is to increase staff health and wellness throughout our district. We discuss wellness policies and we brainstorm ideas to bring new initiatives, tools, resources, and education to our staff to improve overall health and wellness.
     
    We truly value your input and feedback. Please reach out to any of the Wellness Ambassadors in our district with ideas or suggestions and we'll discuss them at our next meeting.

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