Health Promotion for Staff

Wellness for Staff Program:
Nutrition and Health Programs For School Employees

Employee health care costs have skyrocketed in the past decade and there seems to be no relief in sight. School districts pay higher premiums, and these increases are often passed along to teachers. Reducing the number of employee sick days while providing a healthier environment for all staff are worthy goals.

The SPARK Wellness for Staff program is designed to address “teacher specific” health issues and offer authentic and effective prevention strategies. Healthy children are better learners and teachers who maintain a work/life balance have more energy, sleep better, and serve as healthy lifestyle role models for their students.

Audience: Any and all school/agency staff and members of the school community

Program Components:

1.  Needs Assessment

SPARK will conduct a thorough needs assessment (phone call with site leader[s] and survey for all workshop attendees) then modify the training components to maximize effectiveness.

2.  Training

A SPARK Trainer will visit your site and conduct an interactive, 6-hour (full-day) workshop. The workshop content is presented in three 2-hour modules:

A.  Physical Activity

Sample topics: Simple and easy ways to implement strategies for adding more activity minutes to your day, wherever you are; and how to create and support a more active environment at work.

SPARK has a suggested equipment list to support physical activity for busy teachers, at work and at home. For a sample Wellness for Staff Activity Station Card Click here.

B.  Nutrition

Sample topics: Portion sizes, balanced diets, goal setting, supporting a healthy environment for yourself and peers at work, and much more. Click here to see a Nutrition Activty from SPARK's Wellness for Staff Program.

C.  Stress Reduction

Sample topics: Strategies to manage stress, prioritizing daily tasks, stress reducing activities you can do anywhere. Click here for a sample Stress Management Activity from SPARK's Wellness for Staff Program.

3.  Equipment

Can you imagine looking at a 10,000 item catalog and trying to select the right yoga mat from 13 choices? You won’t have to. SPARK content experts have created equipment sets that match each item to an activity, saving busy teachers and administrators valuable time.

Each set consists of quality Sportime equipment and includes all the items needed to instruct everything from the SPARK Wellness for Staff workshop. A select team of SPARK program developers, curriculum writers, and workshop presenters meet annually to modify the equipment sets to align perfectly with SPARK's Wellness for Staff. For more information on Wellness for Staff equipment sets, Click Here.

4.  Lifetime Support

For a program to work and last, extensive, ongoing consultation must be provided. SPARK demonstrates commitment to follow-up via their unique “SPARK Stars” institutionalization model, by offering FREE, lifetime support to each curriculum/material purchaser and/or workshop attendee through 800 number and e-mail consultation, a monthly webinar series, social networking opportunities and an informational monthly eNewsletter that includes SPARK updates and teaching tips. For more information on the FREE lifetime support SPARK provides, Click Here.