Wellness for Youth
St. Mary Medical Center’s
Wellness for Youth program provides an interactive wellness program to 5th grade students in various elementary schools in the High Desert. The eight
month curriculum educates students about 7 dimensions of wellness. Each
month, SMMC staff deliver lessons to schools engaging students in conversation
and group activities on the following aspects of wellness:
ACADEMIC - Focus is on lifelong learning & creativity
EMOTIONAL - Focus is on confidence & self esteem
ENVIRONMENTAL – Focus is on sustainability of our planet
PHYSICAL – Focus is on MyPlate/taste testing, physical activity & sleep
SOCIAL – Focus is on connections, friendships, & cooperation with others
SPIRITUAL – Focus is on core values & gratitude
VOCATIONAL – Focus is on exploring dreams & setting goals
A parent wellness program is also available to those with students in the
Wellness for Youth program. This monthly program provides parents with
wellness education and an opportunity to experience the aspects of wellness
that are being taught in the classroom.
For additional information contact:
Valerie Smith - Director, Community Wellness Innovation
18300 Hwy 18, Apple Valley, CA 92308
(760) 242-2311 x 8209
Academic wellness is all about becoming a life long learner, exploring
creativity, and being open to new things.
Emotional wellness focuses on paying attention to yourself. Learning how
to develop a positive self-esteem and build confidence are important pieces
of these lessons.
Environmental wellness lessons focus on how to take care of our planet
to improve our health and wellness.
Physical wellness focuses on three main components: Our nutrition, our
physical activity, and our sleep.
Identifying ingredients of a healthy friendship, knowing how to communicate
and connect with others, and recognizing the importance of cooperation,
are the main pieces of these lessons.
Spiritual wellness lessons focus on the importance of having a strong set
of core values and learning to have an attitude of gratitude.
Being able to set and accomplish goals and overcome obstacles are important
components of these lessons.
Articles to read
25 WAYS TO GET YOUR KID MOVING FOR 25 MINUTES
You know your kids should ideally be physically active for 60 minutes a
day. But with school, homework, meals, extracurricular activities and
playdates, it can be hard to carve out the time. Need an incentive to
rearrange your child's schedule? A recent Johns Hopkins study said
that if all American 8- to 11-year-olds exercised for just 25 minutes
three times a week, there would be 1.2 million fewer overweight or obese
children, and it would prevent $62.3 billion in medical costs and lost
wages in their futures.
FAMILY FUN: PLANTING SUMMER VEGETABLES AND FRUITS FOR BRAIN HEALTH
There’s no doubt about it: vegetables and fruits are high in vitamins
and minerals. But which ones help your brain the most? St. Joseph Health
offers many resources to help you make good choices (see our links below)
to keep your brain and the rest of your body healthy. And let’s
have some fun while we’re at it: Why not plant a ‘smart’
garden with the best foods for your brain? Besides, gardening can be a
great start to adopting a sustainable lifestyle.
START SCHOOL RIGHT WITH THESE HEALTHY BREAKFASTS
Back to school is upon us, which means it’s time to start exercising
your creative culinary brain to keep your picky eaters happy. Although
lunch and dinner are super important, there’s something special
about ensuring your kiddos start the school-day off on the right foot.
CAN EXERCISE PROTECT YOUNG KIDS FROM DEPRESSION?
If you’re a parent, then you’ve likely seen your kids be in
a better mood after getting some exercise. But, what you may not know
is that exercise can actually protect kids from depression, according to
a new study from Norway.
ARE YOUR KIDS GETTING THE EXERCISE THEY NEED?
As the number of children with obesity in the United States continues to
rise, it’s more important than ever to encourage kids to put down
their digital devices and get moving.
The desire to break a sweat doesn’t come naturally to all of us,
but parents can play a crucial role in helping children ages 6 to 17 get
60 minutes or more of physical activity each day. That’s the amount
of exercise called for in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans,
issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
PLANT THESE HEALTHY VEGETABLES IN YOUR SPRING AND SUMMER GARDEN
Home vegetable gardening is one of the hottest trends right now, for several
reasons. In addition to reducing your grocery bill, it is well known that
people who eat fruits and vegetables as part of their daily diet have
a reduced risk of many chronic diseases. And perhaps due in part to the
care and effort that’s required to grow your own food, homegrown
vegetables simply taste better than anything you can buy at the grocery store.
A FEW NUMBERS WORTH KNOWING TO IMPROVE YOUR KIDS' HEALTH
Along with the obesity epidemic among children has come an alarming rise
in Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and "non-alcoholic"
fatty liver disease-conditions once considered illnesses of the middle-aged
and elderly. In ways medical researchers are just beginning to understand,
being overweight and inactive at a young age appears to be far more destructive
than adding extra pounds later in life.