District's First-Ever Wellness Roundtable Event on 5/16/12
On Wednesday, May 16, 2012, Charleston County School District (CCSD) will host its first annual Wellness Roundtable from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Burke High School.
This event will allow participants to collaborate with one another, meet with the superintendent, and discuss school-specific efforts aimed at improving the health of students and employees. The meeting will include the presentation of awards for schools receiving the 2012 Boeing Center for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles in Children and Families awards. The wellness committee of each winning school will win $1,000 for promoting wellness efforts in the school.
The 2012 Transformation Award will also be presented to one CCSD employee recognized as a model of true health transformation. The individual's efforts may have resulted in dramatic weight loss or mobilizing others to take steps aimed at bettering their health.
This event is just the latest chapter of the district's ongoing Employee Wellness Initiative, which the district—under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Nancy J. McGinley—and several key partners first launched in September 2010. The initial goal of the initiative was to ensure that schools had active school wellness committees that develop school-based activities and partnerships to enhance the well-being of everyone in the building. During the 2011-2012 academic year, at least 53 schools had active committees that participated in the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles award program, and this number has grown in the current academic year.
Recognizing that wellness is not a “one-size-fits-all” proposition, school wellness committees were individualized based on each school’s needs. Wellness committees address the five key areas of physical well-being, social-emotional well-being, establishing a wellness culture, family-friendly policies, and employee connections. The Wellness Initiative is built on best practices and strengthen collaborations between the district, its schools, and local health partners.
For more information regarding the Employee Wellness Initiative or the Roundtable on May 16, please call (843) 937-6417.