Looking Ahead to Health and Wellness Week

What would you say if I told you that there was a pill that could make you think more clearly, have more energy, be more successful in school or your career, and make you happier? Don’t get your hopes up, because to my knowledge there is no such pill.

There is, however, a simple way to optimize our potential. By making small, achievable lifestyle changes, related to how we eat, sleep, move and think. This is the basis of Dr. Greg Wells’s best-selling book, The Ripple Effect: Sleep Better, Eat Better, Move Better, Think Better.

Dr. Wells comes from a scientific research background, and has used his work with elite athletes to identify ways in which students, teachers and leaders can reach their full potential. His philosophy surrounds small, achievable, 1% changes people can make to help craft a world-class life. Dr. Wells will be addressing all of our students (Kindergarten through Grade 12) next week, which will be the highlight of this year’s Health and Wellness Week. I had the pleasure of hearing him speak in Toronto last spring, and I could not be more excited to bring him into the SMUS community. Watch the video above to see Dr. Wells talk about eating for academic success.

Our students will hear about a multitude of ways they can set themselves up for success academically, about lifestyle changes that help prevent disease and will take away simple ideas to battle stress and increase focus. Dr. Wells calls these “micro changes”, and they can be implemented immediately. Examples include taking a brisk 15-minute walk outside to restore energy levels, drinking green tea to help improve focus and fight cancer (while not getting a caffeine spike) or including lean protein and fiber in every meal to help create the optimum learning environment in the brain. This is just a small sample, and doesn’t even touch on the most important aspect of performance: sleep.

The great thing about a presenter like Dr. Wells is that his topic is equally applicable to students, teachers and parents alike. For those parents interested in making some 1% changes and striving to live a world-class life, he will be presenting to our parent community the evening of April 12. For more information and to register, please go to smus.ca/sparknight.

We want our students to be successful academically and to go on to live happy, health lives. Looking for ways to constantly improve is an important part of this and our Health and Wellness Week keynote presentations will support this work. What micro changes will you make to live your best life?

Yours in wellness,
Ritch Primrose

PS: Dr. Wells’s visit is just one of many events taking place as part of Health and Wellness Week at SMUS. There will also be yoga, Zumba and Taekwondo instruction, mindfulness activities, de-stressing sessions with puppies, meditation, healthy eating workshops and so much more!


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