New Health Program Provides Wellness Lessons for Palm Beach County Teachers and Students

HealthTeacher.com is a comprehensive online K-12 resource that makes it easy to teach good health habits to children. The curriculum addresses knowledge, attitudes and skills development and provides opportunities for students to practice behaviors that promote lifelong health. 

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Miami Children’s Hospital, HealthTeacher has been made available to all Palm Beach County teachers until 2015. 

Currently in Palm Beach County, 153 schools with approximately 710 users have accessed the site, but the District would like all students and educators to take advantage of this resource. The program is designed so all teachers can infuse health lessons into their daily activities. 

The deep breathing lessons are especially helpful in this time of FCAT prep.  These lessons help students focus, concentrate and cooperate in the classroom.  There are 2 fifteen minutes lessons and then the interactive web app can be used daily to cultivate a practice of relaxation.  Practicing relaxation techniques benefit the body physically, emotionally and mentally. 

Sunrise Park  Elementary has taught all the students in their school the deep breathing lesson and now will make the web app part of their morning announcements. 

“This a great tool for teachers and students. We believe that wellness includes not only a healthy body, but also a healthy mind.  This translates into better performance both academically and physically,” said Stacey Lazos, Health Education Coordinator.

Sign up instructions for HealthTeacher are as follows: 

1. Go to www.healthteacher.com 

2. Click on the green “Sign Up” button at the top of the page 

3. Enter your group code: palmbeach22 

4. Create your profile. Enter your user information and create a profile and select your school 

5. Start exploring HealthTeacher! 

For more information contact Stacey Lazos at (561) 827-7535 or via e-mail at stacey@healthteacher.com.

 

 

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 Public Affairs Contact: Natalia Arenas – (561) 357-7662 – natalia.arenas@palmbeachschools.org