June 11, 2019, Pottstown, Pa. - The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation (PAHWF) recently announced the opening of registration for their annual health and wellness conference, Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds® Institute (HBHM). The focus of this year's conference is cultivating a culture of wellness in schools. The Foundation has partnered with Fizika Group LLC, to offer ACT 48 credits as professional development. Attendees can register for sessions on the topics of active learning, capacity building for wellness teams, mental health, social emotional learning, and nutrition education. Each year this one-day conference offers an excellent way to network, collaborate, learn and recharge for the upcoming school year.
Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds® Institute is also where participants and winners of the annual Pottstown Area School Wellness Checklist© (SWC) Challenge will be recognized and awarded. SWC© is made up of evidence-based strategies and policies recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Institute of Medicine to impact the health of the school environment and reduce childhood obesity over time.
Of 23 area schools who committed to participate, West-Mont Christian Academy claimed the 2019 SWC© Championship. West-Mont’s Wellness Coordinator, Christie L. Werkheiser, is a strong supporter of participating in Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds®. “HBHM Institute continually proves to be a strong resource for us to learn from. Each year we glean important nuggets, whether it’s details on brain breaks, current neuroscience findings, or green solutions for cleaning; we love the help! Last year we had more staff than ever attend, and we’ve seen healthy changes in West-Mont as a result. Thanks HBHM!”
Just in time for the start of the school year, the conference will be held on August 14 at The Sunnybrook. The cost to register is $50 and allows participants to choose from over 25 professional speakers to listen and engage with. This year, there will also be an expert panel discussion on Building and Sustaining a Culture of Wellness in Schools. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served, and provide networking opportunities for attendees.
When registering for the event, attendees have the option of choosing from five tracks. These tracks include: active learning, social and emotional learning (SEL), healthy eating and nutrition, mental health, and capacity building for wellness teams. Through peer-to-peer sessions and expert-led content presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to gain the perspective of many like-minded educators doing diverse work in the field.
More information is available on www.pottstownfoundation.org, including the registration guide, which includes this year’s presenters and will help attendees choose which sessions to attend. To stay up to date, follow on Facebook and Twitter @HBHMInstitute.
For additional information or questions, please contact Amanda Frattarelli at 610-323-2006, ext. 28 or at Afrattarelli@pottstownfoundation.org.