Easton Public Schools host health and wellness fair for district staff

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EASTON — Superintendent Lisha Cabral is pleased to announce that Easton Public Schools, in partnership with YMCA Old Colony, hosted a health and wellness fair for staff.

The fair was held Friday, March 18 at Oliver Ames High School. Hundreds of staff from across the district attended the fair and participated in various fitness and wellness activities.

“Our staff members have encountered many challenges and stressful changes over the past two years, and our goal with this event was to show them that they are valued and appreciated, and that their health and well-being are important. for our administrative team,” said Superintendent Cabral. “It was great to see so many staff come to participate in the activities and learn about local resources, and we are grateful to the community volunteers, vendors and to Darcy Paiva and the Old Colony YMCA for their support and participation in this event.”

Activities have been set up around the school. Fitness activities included Tabata, Zumba and Yoga. Mindfulness activities included mindfulness and Reiki, an energy healing technique that promotes relaxation and reduces stress and anxiety; a holistic Heart & Soul healing center that taught mini-lessons in reflexology, craniosacral, and reiki; and a Calm & Color activity that included relaxing music and adult coloring books.

Staff members were also encouraged to get outdoors and were able to participate in a guided nature walk with the Easton Natural Resources Trust through the Clifford G. Grant Reservation Trail, as well as walk the high school trail to take air and exercise.

Other activities included a Hammer & Stain workshop where staff members could apply positive words or affirmation phrases onto pre-stained 8-inch boards; mobile miniature golf; and cornhole, KanJam, Ladderball and Spikeball.

Staff members were also treated to a presentation by Josh Peach, founder of Be Au Sm (Be Awesome), who shared his personal and professional journey and explained how to make the day more “Au Sm” than the day before. Pre-recorded TedxTalks and talks from motivational speakers on wellness-related topics were also broadcast.

A number of vendors were present at the fair to provide healthy snacks and water, information, consultation and resources to staff. They included:

  • Ames Free Library
  • Aunt Zaza’s Fiber Works – Yarn Shop
  • Fitness at any time
  • Be Inspired Counseling, LLC
  • Big Heart Therapies
  • Elliot Physiotherapy
  • Employee Assistance Program – All One Health
  • Health Hustle Fitness
  • Langwater Farm
  • Easton Community Health and Paramedicine Program
  • Nana’s Vegan Bakery
  • New England Nutrition Advisors
  • Old Colony YMCA
  • Roche Brothers
  • Squeeze-et progressive muscle relaxation and gentle personal training
  • Wells Financial Partners
  • ABMM Financial

“When Superintendent Cabral and Assistant Superintendent Pruitt first offered to host this event months ago, it was a no-brainer and the Y was so grateful to have been asked to help plan it! Throughout the planning process, it was evident how much the administration cares about the staff and the admiration they have for them,” said Darcy Paiva, General Manager of the Easton Branch of the YMCA Old colony.

She added: “EPS staff members have overcome so many trials and challenges over the past year and a half, so our goal was to provide a fun and informative event filled with resources on all aspects of health and well-being. This includes fitness, mental health, socializing, self-care, physical well-being, and local organizations that can support them. We hope everyone in attendance was able to take away resources, learn about different aspects of wellness, work out and have fun all at the same time!”

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