Youth Support: Healthy Lifestyles and Test-Readiness Skills Building
Turn 2 Us recognizes the importance of heightening students awareness of the relationship between healthy lifestyle practices and academic/social performance. From a young age, students are exposed to academic, athletic or artistic performance assessments (i.e., major tests, sports and arts tryouts, talent shows, school interviews). Providing students at a younger age with the tools to perform well in such stress-related events can strengthen these life skills to use beyond their education.
To promote healthy lifestyle practices that can lead to optimal performance at school and work.
- Heighten consciousness of healthy lifestyle practices that can boost brain performance, test-taking skills, and wellbeing
- Increase engagement in healthy lifestyle practices in and out of school
- Heighten consciousness of healthy lifestyle practices that can boost their work performance and wellbeing
- Learn how to engage students in healthy lifestyle practices that can boost their academic performance
- Heighten understanding of how healthy lifestyle practices can boost brain performance and wellbeing in children
- Reinforce the child’s engagement in healthy lifestyle practices at home and school
We provide 3rd to 5th-grade students an assembly followed by classroom workshops on the various healthy lifestyle practices that support students learning and overall wellbeing. To reinforce content, the workshops are customized to meet the individual needs of the classrooms. This service is typically delivered no less than six weeks before they take State-mandated exams.
- A Healthy Lifestyles assembly is provided by grade. It involves student interaction/skit
- Each student receives a Healthy Lifestyle bookmark
- The in-class workshop includes group activity and experiential learning:
- Jeopardy game to test knowledge gained from the assembly
- Reframing exercise Part 1: identify, list and discard negative thoughts
- Reframing exercise Part 2: create bookmark- identify, list positive thoughts
- Mind/body exercise
Our school data has shown an overall increase in State Exam scores and a decrease in visits to the nurses’ office the morning of State exams. (Principal of PS8)