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Wellness Week: Byram Hills Engaged Students on Sleep, Nutrition and Stress Reduction 

Byram Hills High School celebrated Wellness Week with a focus on good nutrition and sleep habits, finding ways to manage stress and a student-led hip hop yoga workout.

Wellness Week ImageByram Hills High School celebrated Wellness Week with a focus on good nutrition and sleep habits, finding ways to manage stress and a student-led hip hop yoga workout.

The week, held from November 14 to 18, engaged students on a different health and wellness topic each day. The event was created and planned by members of the Student Wellness Advisory Committee, or SWAC. 

“We had a great week bringing wellness to life,” said Kathleen Healy, a Byram Hills physical education teacher and SWAC adviser. “Our goal is to create awareness about taking care of yourself - mind, body and spirit - through nutrition, sleep and strategies to manage stress, all while making it fun and approachable for the students during their lunch period.”
 
On Monday, seniors Jessica Abatemarco and Samantha Gershuny, the presidents of SWAC, 
offered samples of their homemade healthy treats. Jessica made apple bread and Samantha baked banana bread that classmates enjoyed.
 
Representatives from Northern Westchester Hospital led interactive games and activities on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the cafeteria during lunch.
 
Wellness CardsTuesday focused on food diversity and how food from all cultures can be a part of good nutrition; Wednesday was about having less stress and sharing ideas to help cope with stress; and Thursday centered around sleep and featured a game of sleep Jeopardy to see if students are getting enough shut-eye.
 
Friday got students moving as Jessica led a yoga class to hip hop music in the dance studio before classes.

“Over the course of last week, I enjoyed helping out my community and contributing to wellness week by teaching a yoga class at 7:45 a.m. with a bunch of friends!” Jessica said.

SWAC worked with officials from the hospital, Samantha noted, “to promote an extremely successful wellness week at Byram Hills High School.”

“I was so excited to see many members of the school community participating in the activities we planned for our universal lunch,” she said. “I feel that our club was able to send a positive message to all students about the importance of both mental and physical well-being.” 

This was the first time that Byram Hills welcomed the hospital’s community outreach team to Wellness Week, and it was a great partnership.

“Northern Westchester Hospital’s community health team is here to support the wellness of all schools in our community and we are proud to partner with Byram Hills to support them on this initiative,” said Amy Rosenfeld, Community Outreach Program Manager for the hospital.

The week was a great way for the entire school to focus on health and wellness issues and to reflect on these important topics.

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