Educators invited to annual winter wellness workshop

Educators are invited to the fourth annual winter wellness workshop “Building Partnerships for Wellness Success,” hosted by the Maine DOE Schoolsite Health Promotion Program on Feb. 5 in Waterville.

School employee wellness programs can reduce employee health risk behaviors, absenteeism, and escalating costs of health care, as well as identify and correct conditions in the workplace that threaten employee health, reduce their levels of productivity, and impede student success. Healthier staff, healthier students and a healthy school environment contribute to improved academic achievement.

This workshop will provide information, resources and skill building opportunities that support the implementation of successful school-based health promotion programs for staff and students. This year’s workshop will feature presentations on community – school partnerships; benefits of employee wellness programs to individuals, students, and the school system; resources and tools for health promotion and school health programs for staff, students and communities.

Presenters include Executive Director of the Wellness Council of Maine Roxane Dubay, Director of Workplace Health at MaineGeneral Denise Dumont-Bernier, and a panel of community and school partners moderated by Bill Primmerman from Somerset Public Health.

The workshop is open to individuals and teams representing one school or an entire district. Come network and learn, Friday, Feb. 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Waterville Elks Lodge, 76 Industrial Street, Waterville. Cost is only $15 per person (lunch included).

To register, click here. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Maine DOE’s Ann Marin at ann.marin@maine.gov or 624-6694. Questions regarding the agenda can be directed to Maine DOE’s Health Education and Promotion Coordinator Susan Berry at susan.berry@maine.gov or 624-6695.  Information can also be found on the Maine DOE Training and Professional Development Calendar.

Conditions that affect the health of school employees also influence the health and learning of students.  Protecting the physical and mental health of school employees is integral to protecting the health of students and ensuring their academic success.