Model the Way

Ritch Primrose

September is a time full of energy on the SMUS campus. For teachers, students and parents, this time of year marks a fresh start. As the leaves begin to change and students settle into their routines, it’s a good time to set goals for the year. While most goals tend to be academic, it is also a good time to look at habits and patterns that focus on all parts of our health and wellness.

What can we do to stay healthy and happy?

Research tells us that students are more likely to be healthy and happy if that’s the vibe they’re feeling around the school. If students are seeing adults engage in healthy behaviours, they will follow suit. At SMUS we call this “modelling the way.”

What are you doing to model the way?

Treat the start of the school year as if it were a new year. It’s a great time ask ourselves this question and try to set some healthy goals for ourselves. What can you do to improve your health? What small things can you do in your day-to-day routines to make you happier? The possibilities are endless and are tailor-made for you: more sleep, better nutrition, meditation time, more time with friends or listening to music.

If you are someone who struggles with hitting lifestyle-related goals, focus on improving the process. This article from TED talks about how small actions can help effect meaningful change. A short walk could be the first steps towards your more active lifestyle.

As the school year unfolds, the SMUS Health and Wellness program will focus on helping students practice self-care. They will continue to build skills to add to their tool-kit that will help them manage their health and happiness during their years at SMUS and beyond.

In my next blog I will talk about the cornerstones of our Health and Wellness program. Until then, I invite you to ponder this question: how will you model the way?

Yours in health,

Richard Primrose


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