Health and Wellness Weekend Planned

Health and Wellness Weekend will feature a Health Fair on Saturday, January 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Fitness and Athletics Center (FAC) where workshops for both parents and students will be offered.

George School will host Freedom from Chemical Dependency Foundation (FCD) workshops for students during Health and Wellness Weekend January 5–7, 2018. The workshops are sponsored by the Drug and Alcohol Coordinating Committee (DACC), which is responsible for the Drug and Alcohol educational programming for the George School community including students, faculty, and parents.

Health and Wellness weekend will continue with a Health Fair on Saturday, January 6 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Fitness and Athletics Center (FAC) where workshops for both parents and students will also be offered.

The FCD Prevention Works Foundation is part of the Hazleden Betty Ford Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts, that educates young people about the risks and realities of drug and alcohol use. FCD is the leading international nonprofit provider of school-based substance abuse prevention services.

The FCD workshops at George School were created out of discussion with members of Students Associated for Greater Empathy (SAGE) and Student Council who wanted to provide the community with additional support and resources to make healthy decisions in regards to tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use.

All freshmen and new sophomores are required to take a two-hour workshop. All juniors are required to take an hour and a half workshop New Freedoms, New Responsibilities.

Student workshops will include topics such as empowering future adults with effective decision-making skills, explorations of mindfulness and energy through Qigong and Reiki, and education about mental illness and recovery.

Parent workshops will include topics such as parent engagement in prevention, concussion care for kids taught by staff from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and making effective decision-making skills as a former teen.

Faculty member, Susan Ross, a member of the community assistance team and an organizer of Health and Wellness Weekend, is looking forward to holding the event on campus. “Our goal is to create a weekend on varying health topics for a more holistic approach on health and wellness that will include our entire community of students, parents, and faculty,” she said.

“We hope to grow this every year to bring our community closer when talking about our overall health and well-being.”

For further information, contact Susan Ross at sross@georgeschool.org.