Friday, February 22, 2013
The staff and administration of Waccamaw Elementary have been taking part in a wellness challenge that organizers are hoping will serve as a pilot program for future wellness initiatives in both the schools and workplaces in the community.
Waccamaw Elementary principal Vervatine Reid, the newly-created wellness committee at Waccamaw Elementary and Strand Spine Institute have teamed up to help carry out this health and wellness initiative.
“We are hoping this program will continue into next year,” Reid said. “We appreciate Dr. Fico and the other wellness experts for making an effort to educate and inform the faculty and staff, bringing this worthwhile experience to the campus.”
Dr. Neal Fico of Strand Spine Institute said the “Wellness Challenge 2013” focuses on four wellness components — “Move Well, Eat Well, Think Well, Sleep Well” – and providing the encouragement and empowerment for the teachers and staff to take the steps necessary to be well, as true health is really obtained through lifestyle choices made each and every day.
“Most of disease today is caused by stress, whether it be emotional, physical or chemical,” Fico said. “None of us are removed from the effect of stress in our lives regardless of our circumstances.”
Each week throughout the four-week challenge, there has been a “Wellness Wednesday” where a workshop or event highlighting aspects of wellness was held.
“This program, like all our efforts in our practice, focus on nutrition, movement — through both ongoing exercise and regular chiropractic adjustments that address the nervous system’s ability to respond to stress, proper sleep habits and positive thinking,” Fico said.
“We are thrilled to be working with Waccamaw Elementary as a way to spread this crucial message to the greater community about the role their choices each and every day play in their overall health.”
Wellness experts from across the community are participating in making this a success including Paula Kenion, meditation and stress consultant; Keith White, sleep expert from Select Comfort Beds; Dr. Adamczak of Strand Spine Institute.
Staff of Fresh Market also provided healthy snacks for the teachers and staff.
Kenion led a workshop on meditation and relaxation techniques one Wednesday.
“The Wellness Challenge is a fresh and innovative preventive health program for our schools, educators, and children,” she said.
“By focusing on health of mind, body, and soul, we are providing much needed care to those caring for our most precious resource, our children.”
Leesa Meador, art teacher at the school, has been taking part in the program, including the 7 a.m. fitness sessions on Wednesdays.
“I’m really glad the school district is supporting this type of thing because if you want good output and you want your employees to be at their best, you have to encourage them to take care of themselves,” Meador said.
Susan Rogers, speech pathologist at the school, has changed some of her eating habits as a result of the program.
“Instead of crackers for a snack, I eat apples or carrots with hummus, I drink water instead of soda, and I try to stay away from rice and potatoes,” Rogers said.
“Just making small changes like that can make a big difference.”
The Strand Spine Institute is located at 12465 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, S.C. 29585. Call (843) 979-2273, or visit www.strandspineinstitute.com for more information.
By Clayton Stairs