Conference promotes student, staff health and well-being

School districts from across the state attended the 2013 Maine Schoolsite Health Promotion Conference, Celebrating the Seasons of Wellness, last month to gather knowledge, skills, resources, ideas and inspiration to apply to their 2013-14 Health Promotion and Wellness Action Plans.

District teams of five to nine members comprised of any combination of school board members, administrators, teachers, bus drivers, school nutrition staff and more came together to learn how to apply best practices in creating a healthy school environment for staff, students and families.

The conference offered more than 40 learning opportunities on a variety of topics including team development, leadership, health promotion and wellness. State and national experts as well as conference peers delivered sessions ranging in topic from health promotion policies to programs and practices that could be replicated or implemented in local districts. Data shows that healthier staff members are more productive and better role models, and healthier students are stronger academically.

Resources and more information

  • Susan Berry
    Health Education and Health Promotion Coordinator
    Maine Department of Education
    207-624-6695
    susan.berry@maine.gov