The Willow School Wellness Program is designed to provide students with age appropriate information and physical practices that foster a lifetime of well being. Starting in preschool and continuing through eighth grade, the program provides an introduction to the human body and to factors that prevent illness and promote health. The wellness curriculum focuses on kinesthetic awareness, sportsmanship, nutrition, and physical fitness and covers a variety of topics including nutrition, disease prevention, physical growth and development, reproduction, mental health, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, consumer health, and safety (crossing streets, riding bikes, first aid, the Heimlich maneuver etc.). The goal is to increase each child’s knowledge of what it means to be healthy as they practice behaviors that enhance their well being.
Childhood is the best time to adopt healthy habits, routines, and behaviors because making good choices from an early age has lifelong benefits. Health education programs are most effective when involved parents compliment and reinforce what children are learning in school through conversations and activities at home. The Willow School provides basic information about implementing health decisions, however, Willow encourages families to take an active role as co-educators, especially in those areas where family values are especially important.