CMS held a school-wide wellness day on May 26. Doctors, fitness trainers, food and nutrition educators, and many other experts in their fields visited the school to teach our students ways to stay safe, healthy, and happy.
Topics included stress and anxiety management, cooking nutritious meals, yoga, Lyme disease awareness, physical fitness, suicide prevention, cyber safety, cross fit training, and more!
The Chatham Fire Department even rolled in with the Columbia County Fire Chiefs Association’s fire safety training trailer, in which students learned about common fire hazards found in the home and how to safely escape in the event of a fire.
The students rotated through these different sessions in groups, with each grade attending four age-appropriate events over the course of the morning.
To wrap it all up, the entire school headed to the auditorium to here from the day’s keynote speaker, Benita Zahn.
Ms. Zahn, who holds a doctorate in Bioethics, is a news anchor and health reporter for NewsChannel 13. She covers issues like wellness, treatment breakthroughs, aging, nutrition, and health care trends. She also hosts and co-produces Health Link on WMHT and writes a weekly column that appears in the Times Union.
She talked to the students about limiting the time they spend on social media and getting out and experiencing the world first hand. She also discussed things like getting enough sleep, wearing sunblock, avoiding unhealthy social relationships, and the power of keeping a positive attitude.
“One of the most important things you can do is to find humor throughout the day,” she told the students, adding later, “The habits you start now will follow you for the rest of your life.”
The CMS Wellness Day was organized by the CMS guidance and counseling team. Special thanks to all the members of our community who helped make this event a success.