• All Newton South students are required to complete five credits in Wellness in order to graduate. Ninth and tenth grade students are enrolled in core Wellness classes. Eleventh and twelfth grade are required to complete two capstone courses, one in each year. Capstone courses include Stress Management, Yoga/Pilates, Project Adventure, Sports Nutrition, Personal Fitness, and Global Games.

    The Wellness Department encourages students to take courses beyond the minimum requirement to add balance throughout their academic day.
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    FACULTY

    Amy Aransky
    Todd Elwell
    William Fagen
    Patricia Gonzalez
    Patrick Jordan Quern
    Lisa Petrizzi
    Alan Rotatori 
     
  • Wellness Newsletter Spring 2019

    Volume 3, Issue 3                                                                   March 1, 2019

     Newton South Wellness Newsletter

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    Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. “A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – The World Health Organization

     

    Welcome to Volume #3, Issue #3 of the Newton South Wellness Newsletter! The goal of this periodic publication is to educate, motivate and communicate the values of living a wellness lifestyle. Our department is dedicated to helping students, faculty/staff, and community members understand the effects of daily decisions and their impact on overall health and well-being. The newsletter is divided into three sections: wellness dimension focus, wellness in the news, and tips for living. Let’s get started!

     

    Wellness Dimension Focus – Intellectual Wellness – A state in which your mind is engaged in lively interaction with the world around you. Intellectual wellness involves unbridled curiosity and ongoing learning. This dimension of wellness implies that you can apply the things you have learned and create opportunities to learn more. You engage your mind in lively interaction with the world around you. (https://www.ndsu.edu/wellness/about_us/seven_dimensions_of_wellness/)

     

    Wellness in the news – Eight simple steps to increase your intellectual wellness – News – Illinois State University

    https://news.illinoisstate.edu/2014/03/seven-simple-steps-increase-intellectual-wellness/          

    Read for fun. It may be hard to do when you are spending most of your time doing required home (work) and readings, but try to find time during the morning, night, or weekend to sit down and read something for fun. Reading, especially something you enjoy, can improve your intellect by stretching your mind to think about things you normally don’t think about!

    Improve your skills for studying and learning. Sounds tricky, right? That’s the point! Focusing attention on information that is different than your beliefs can improve intellectual wellness. Naturally, we tend to only focus our attention on opinions, beliefs, and facts that hold true to our viewpoints. When you expose the mind to opposing ideas, it expands the mind to grasp new information. Learning new things about the way your mind processes information can be a vital tool to helping you succeed.

    Learn a foreign language. Learning a foreign language can be beneficial to your intellectual health and your employment prospects. When learning different ways to communicate, your mind expands. This not only helps with being receptive to new knowledge, but also helps broaden information already learned.

    Play a game. Board games and cards are popularly known as leisure activities. These activities can also help with your intellectual wellness. The next time you have free time, pick up a deck of cards or pull out a board game and play! It makes no difference whether you are playing cards or pull out a board game and play! It makes no difference whether you are playing alone or you are playing with others. As long as your mind is thinking, improvements are being made.

    Play a musical instrument. Music has a powerful impact on our minds. Playing a musical instrument can increase intellectual wellness by learning how to create sounds, make patterns, and emote through music. Any instrument can work to increase intellectual wellness, so start today and take up a new hobby.

    Write down your thoughts or journal frequently. Taking the time to write down thoughts or journal frequently can help those who struggle with expressing their feelings or in general for anyone who is trying to make sense of what they are feeling inside. Being able to identify your feelings and understanding yourself more and your actions increase intellectual wellness by exposing your mind to deeper thinking.

    Do crossword or Sudoku puzzles. Crosswords and Sudoku are leisure activities that have proved to increase intellectual wellness. Working through puzzles or finding words in patterns uses a great amount of brainpower. Increasing your ability to work through these activities can maintain and build your intellectual wellness.     

     

    Tips for living – “To the young girl who fails to see opportunities around her: Awaken the intellectual curiosity within you. Go on, search for those opportunities and chase after them! Because when you are curious and in ‘search mode,’ you will meet a lot of people and learn, and when you find opportunities, you will be exhilarated rather than overwhelmed.” – Clemantine Wamarlya

     

     

    GOOD PEOPLE”                                                                                                                    

     

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  • Wellness Newsletter March 2018

    Volume 2, Issue 3 March 5, 2018

    Newton South Wellness Newsletter

    WORK PLAY REST

    From the desk of... Alan Rotatori Wellness Director

    Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. “A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – The World Health Organization

    Welcome to Volume 2, Issue #3 of the Newton South Wellness Newsletter! The goal of this periodic publication is to educate, motivate and communicate the values of living a wellness lifestyle. Our department is dedicated to helping students, faculty/staff, and community members understand the effects of daily decisions and their impact on overall health and well-being. The newsletter is divided into three sections: wellness dimension focus, wellness in the news, and tips for living. Let’s get started!

    Wellness Dimension Focus – Social Wellness –

     

    Are you socially strong? Take the social wellness assessment – http://definitionofwellness.com/dimensions-of-wellness/social-wellness/

    Wellness in the news – The Benefits of Healthy Families – By Sara Ipatenco
    Families are a source of emotional support, love, security and protection, reports Healthy Children. Healthy family relationships result in happy and secure children and give parents the ultimate reward of being important in the life of a child. Healthy families benefit each family member in important ways and help provide a unique sense of belonging and value that cannot be found in other relationships. The benefits of healthy families are far-reaching and all encompassing...
    Moral Character – The love and support of family members motivates many people to continually strive to be better people. The development of strong moral character is one important benefit of a healthy family because it builds a bond between family members that is centered on a similar belief system. Healthy Children reports that families provide guidance to children regarding values, discipline and the internal code of conduct that motivates human behavior...
    Physical Health – Healthy family relationships often translate to healthy eating and exercise habits as well. According to Kids Health, families who engage in healthy eating and exercise together will ultimately become a healthier and stronger family unit. Parents are encouraged to model and explain to children why eating certain foods is healthy and how exercise can benefit all aspects of a healthy life...
    Independence – Healthy families encourage each member to become independent and self-sufficient. Healthy Children reports that parents can offer important and necessary guidance to their children to help promote independence that will serve a child as she grows up. Offering children increased independence as they grow will build healthy families that are secure and comfortable enough to disagree with one another while also supporting individual interests and opinions...

    (https://www.livestrong.com/article/147185-the-benefits-of-healthy-families/)
    Tips for living – “It’s not what we have in our life, but who we have in our life that counts.” – J.M. Laurence

    ”GOOD PEOPLE”

    A healthy state of social wellness is having the ability to live in harmony with others while

    contributing towards the common welfare of the community and environment. It involves learning the social skills to develop a good support system,

    and deep, meaningful, positive interactions and relationships with others. Having loving, nurturing and supportive relationships as well as other

    meaningful social interactions can have significant and positive effects on life-wellness. Social wellness involves building and maintaining healthy,

    intimate loving and supportive relationships as well as fostering a general connection with everyone around you, which includes your family, friends,

    colleagues, and strangers throughout life. (http://livelifewell.co/category/wellness/index_wellness_arti.php?ARTIwellness_ID=%205)

    Quick Activity – Whole-Person Wellness, Social Network Activity, copy link below to browser to download.

    hdcs.fullerton.edu/csa/WholePerson/documents/SocialNetworkCircleActivity_CSA.pdf

    Social Wellness Facts and Tips

    Socially isolated people are more susceptible to illness and have a death rate two to three times higher than those who are not socially

    isolated.

    People who maintain their social network and support systems do better under stress.

    Approximately 20 percent of Americans feel lonely and isolated during their free time.

    Laughter really is good medicine.

    Cholesterol levels go up when human companionship is lacking.

    Warm, close friendships cause higher levels of immunoglobulin A (an antibody that helps keep away respiratory infections and cavities.

    A strong social network can create a good mood and enhance self-esteem.

    (http://definitionofwellness.com/dimensions-of-wellness/social-wellness/)

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