Hallways to Health Spotlight: Georgia

Wellness Night for Whitefoord Elementary Staff

Hallways to Health is having a positive effect on employee wellness at Whitefoord Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia.Hallways to Health is having a positive effect on employee wellness at Whitefoord Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia. Through the initiative, the school staff established an employee wellness committee, which is actively pursuing their mission to inspire, create, and maintain a workplace and environment that supports healthy lifestyle choices. The committee has an ongoing walking club, is conducting a 30 Days Ab and Squat Fitness Challenge, and organized the first wellness night at WES.

Wellness night catered to both school staff and parents. The attendees enjoyed an evening of Zumba, stress relief/management, healthy food demonstrations and tasting, and information about their state health plan. The Farmers Market, Edgewood Gardens, Holistic Stress Institute, Sensual Movement, CATCH Team, Healthways Inc., and Be Well SHBP were all in attendance. The school staff felt so energized that the Zumba instructor has been contracted to provide sessions twice a week through the end of the school year.

A happy, healthy staff can have a major impact on students and the school system. Staff will model positive wellness behaviors for students and the school will experience a reduction in staff absenteeism due to illness. Without Hallways to Health none of the above mentioned activities would have been possible.

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