Faith & Wellness Community Resources

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

Academic wellness is all about becoming a life long learner, exploring creativity, and being open to new things.

EMOTIONAL WELLNESS

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

Environmental wellness lessons focus on how to take care of our planet to improve our health and wellness.

PHYSICAL WELLNESS

Physical wellness focuses on three main components: Our nutrition, our physical activity, and our sleep.

SOCIAL WELLNESS

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

Spiritual wellness lessons focus on the importance of having a strong set of core values and learning to have an attitude of gratitude.

VOCATIONAL WELLNESS

Being able to set and accomplish goals and overcome obstacles are important components of these lessons.

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