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On the Subject of Wellness

by Colleen Wright Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund | November 26 2015 | 4 Comments

Have you ever thought that wellness was more than a single subject or activity? Have you ever wondered how you might embed wellness into both the curriculum and culture of your school? Do you know how wellness can impact all members of the healthy school community—staff, teachers and students? Yes? I had a feeling!

The following video was developed with support from the Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund, and highlights the results of an initiative designed to encourage staff from across the province to integrate wellness into all aspects of student learning. The results of this initiative were remarkably positive and many educators found that in addition to making cross curricular links that enriched student learning, there were further benefits for everyone involved, including forging new relationships and looking at wellness from an entirely new angle.

I’ll leave you with some (important!) questions. How do you think you can incorporate what you learned here into your own, staff wellness initiatives? Does the project make you think about different ways of developing social relationships at work and how broad the benefits of doing so might be? Share your thoughts with The Sandbox community (and me!) below!


Colleen Wright

With a background in nutrition and human ecology (look it up—it’s a thing!), Colleen is a superhero of health promotion. And as a project facilitator with the Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund, she’s perfectly positioned to put her super muscles to work supporting health promotion initiatives in Alberta’s school communities. But don’t treat Colleen differently because she’s a superhero. Even she’s not immune to the most terrifying thing on the planet—the ostrich.

Shandy M. ASEBP - | November 26 2015 1:23 PM

This is a really impactful video. Although not focused on staff wellness directly, for me it really highlights that how we approach a work issue/project within our organization has tremendous potential to positively impact the kind of social connectedness we can create with our colleagues. What an added bonus :)

Lorna M. Alberta Health Services - | November 26 2015 1:49 PM

The video reminds me of the African proverb: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." If we want to go far... let's take the journey together!

Colleen W. Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund | November 27 2015 2:05 PM

Speaks to how important collaboration is at all levels when creating a culture of wellness throughout the school community; teachers, student, parents coming together and making wellness everyones responsibility.

Matthew M. Alberta Health Services - | December 11 2015 9:36 AM

Colleen, your post reminds me of the saying "the whole is greaterthan the sum of its parts". Much like a hand is stronger than the the combined strength of its individual fingers, a truly collaborative team is stronger than the group of individuals that makes it up.