Initiatives

Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds Institute 2021

The 2021 Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds conference, scheduled for August 3, will focus on building resilience, embracing diversity, and fostering equity in our community for students, parents, and educators. The conference is free to attend, and registration is available here.

Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds Institute is an annual conference designed to nurture the interdisciplinary roles of educators, administrators, and researchers in fostering school environments that promote wellness as a core component of school culture, student achievement, and student, staff, and community well-being.

Presenter Information
We are excited to announce that Thom Stecher will deliver the keynote address, “Heart Lessons from the Pandemic,” at this year’s Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds Institute.

This uplifting, heartfelt, and interactive keynote will look back and move forward from the pandemic. We will dive deeply into our courage and the healing process so we can adjust our focus to the key lessons learned. We will establish our need for emotional safety and finally, reclaim our unity through perspective, understanding, empathy, and compassion. Thom Stecher is a nationally recognized motivational speaker who captivates audiences by making himself vulnerable through sharing his personal experiences. Thom ties these to the universal lessons, creating, maintaining, and celebrating human relationships.

Thom Stecher and Associates will facilitate sessions that focus on empowering students to make their voices heard. Student voices are instrumental in improving school culture and climate in collaboration with educators and administrators.

The keynote address will be followed by opportunities to participate in live and pre-recorded sessions on the following topic areas:

* Community Voice
* Wellness Action Planning
* Embracing Diversity
* Fostering Equity
* Social Emotional Learning
* Kinesthetic Learning and Fitness Mental Health
* Healthy Tech Habits/Unplugging

All presenters for HBHMI 2021 must be pre-approved by the HBHMI 2021 Committee.  Please contact us if you are interested in submitting a presentation.  For all pre-approved presenters, please submit your speaker profile and presentation information by July 15.

If you need any technical assistance with presentations, recordings, etc.. Please contact Josh Hoyt at jhoyt1303@gmail.com or 610-704-8658.

Meet the Sponsor
HBHMI is sponsored by the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation. The Foundation is a community nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the health and wellness of area residents by providing education, funding and programs that motivate people to adopt healthy lifestyles.

The Foundation awards grants to area nonprofit organizations which use their resources and services to develop and enhance programs that support our purpose of promoting health and wellness. Grant awards are based on four key priority areas which include improvement in healthy behaviors through schools.

Since 2004, more than $9 million has been awarded to the public and private schools within the Foundation’s service area. In short, the Foundation’s role is to help area residents improve their health and well-being every day. By doing so, we are creating a more dynamic and more vibrant community in which to live now... and into the future.

Contact Us
Please direct any communications here, and a member of the event team will respond accordingly.