Yodlee Unveils Personal Financial Wellness Solution Powered by Data Intelligence

OK to Spend

Core to the Personal Financial Wellness Solution is OK to Spend, which synergizes predictive analytics and user feedback to deliver smart financial forecasting. OK to Spend can be consumed as a financial application or a fully RESTful API framework that enables financial service providers to create forward-looking forecasts that organize and predict recurring income and financial obligations along with personalized notifications for financial events and projected balances. OK to Spend analytics is run across the consumers’ primary spending accounts (cash and credit card) regardless of which financial institution they primarily bank with, in order to provide a holistic view of their finances.

Patent-protected machine learning and data analytics enable the OK to Spend algorithms to identify sources of recurring income and accurately predicts future income, accounting for anomalies. Similarly, OK to Spend identifies recurring and forecasted financial obligations, while accounting for fluctuations determined from historic data.

Save for a Goal

The Save for a Goal application allows consumers to easily set and track savings goals. The application facilitates money movement across different accounts at a specific time frequency and allows customers to better track their goals by allowing consumers to allocate multiple goals to a single account, or spread a single goal across multiple cash and investment accounts. Save for a Goal provides visual data and notifications such as progress bars, charts, graphs and alerts, engaging customers with the option to flex and prioritize between goals.

“Relationship-based banking has been the key to success and customer loyalty for financial institutions for years. As more consumers continue to use digital channels, they’re expecting banks to offer personalized user experiences that helps them reach their financial goals,” said Katy Gibson, Vice President of Product Applications at Envestnet | Yodlee. “By using the Envestnet | Yodlee Data Intelligence Platform, our goal is to empower financial service providers to create personalized and actionable insights and recommendations for consumers. Helping consumers meet their financial goals is the best way to build lasting customer relationships.”

For more information on the Envestnet | Yodlee Personal Financial Wellness Solution, please visit www.yodlee.com to learn more about the company’s data intelligence platform for financial wellness.

About Envestnet

Envestnet, Inc. (NYSE: ENV) is the leading provider of intelligent systems for wealth management and financial wellness. Envestnet’s unified technology enhances advisor productivity and strengthens the wealth management process. Envestnet empowers enterprises and advisors to more fully understand their clients and deliver better outcomes.

Envestnet enables financial advisors to better manage client outcomes and strengthen their practices. Institutional-quality research and advanced portfolio solutions are provided through Envestnet | PMC, our Portfolio Management Consultants group. Envestnet | Yodlee is a leading data aggregation and data analytics platform powering dynamic, cloud-based innovation for digital financial services. Envestnet | Tamarac provides leading rebalancing, reporting, and practice management software for advisors. Envestnet | Retirement Solutions provides an integrated platform that combines leading practice management technology, research, data aggregation, and fiduciary managed account solutions.

More than 55,000 advisors and 2,500 companies including: 16 of the 20 largest U.S. banks, 38 of the 50 largest wealth management and brokerage firms, over 500 of the largest Registered Investment Advisers, and hundreds of Internet services companies, leverage Envestnet technology and services. Envestnet solutions enhance knowledge of the client, accelerate client on-boarding, improve client digital experiences, and help drive better outcomes for enterprises, advisors, and their clients.

For more information on Envestnet, please visit www.envestnet.com and follow @ENVintel.

 

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Older adults invited to thrive with new fitness, wellness program

Thrive, a women’s whole-body program at Get Fit Davis and Get Fit Davis Sport, will launch Thrive Always, a new fitness, nutrition and wellness program for active aging, on Monday, July 10.

Thrive Always is a total-body approach to aging well. This holistic program is for women and men ages 55 and over and features:

* Fitness focused on strength and resistance training, core, balance, flexibility and recovery;

* Nutrient-dense foods to fuel an active lifestyle; and

* Wellness activities to rest, energize and feel better.

Thrive’s simple, sustainable approach includes:

* One-on-one goal-setting plus a full-body assessment;

* Three weekly small-group total-body workouts (learn correct form and proper technique);

* Personalized at-home workouts;

* Weekly tips and recipes featuring nutrient-dense foods to keep your body strong, mind sharp and energy levels high;

* Mindful practices; and

* Weekly coach-athlete check-ins.

The program’s philosophy, “Move well. Feel well. Live well,” will support people new to fitness to seasoned athletes looking to progress to the next level, said Amy Spence, coach and owner.

Thrive Always will kick off its inaugural eight-week session on Monday, July 10. Classes will be offered at 7 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 8 a.m. Saturdays, or 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8 a.m. Saturdays. All classes are at Get Fit Davis Sport, 1809 Picasso Ave.

Thrive Always is open to the public, and the first class is free. Members of Get Fit Davis and Get Fit Davis Sport receive a price break.

Spence created and launched Thrive more than two years ago to help women of all ages and abilities realize and achieve their fitness, nutrition, and wellness goals. After seeing women’s life-changing journeys through Thrive and listening to the needs of community members, Thrive Always was born.

“Every week our coaching staff receives questions about how to begin strength training, how to progress one’s current programming, or how to eat right to live well amid aging challenges such as decreased core strength, balance, bone density and metabolic function,” Spence said.

“Thrive Always is the answer to not just combatting these challenges, but thriving in our 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond.”

For more information, contact Spence at [email protected] or 530-304-3863 or visit www.thrivechooseyou.com.

Adams Elementary School wins state wellness award | Local

Nine-year-old Logan Lassiter will finish the third grade having run 200 miles throughout the year during recess at Adams Elementary School.

Lassiter finished those miles Friday during a wellness day at the school.

“I feel like it’s fun to run around and talk with friends,” he said.

Before Lassiter and about 400 other students embarked on a two-kilometer run around the school, representatives from the Oregon Department of Education presented Adams Elementary with a School Wellness Award.

The award, which was created in 2008, recognizes schools for their outstanding efforts to improve child health through the connection between nutrition, physical activity and academic achievement, according to the state education department. Three winners are chosen each year. Adams Elementary is the sixth Corvallis School District school to win the award.

“They were just a star,” said Joyce Dougherty, director of Child Nutrition Programs for the Oregon Department of Education.

The state department also presented Adams Elementary with a $2,500 check from the Oregon Dairy Council, which sponsors the wellness awards.

Lynn Roylance, an education assistant at Adams Elementary and a parent of two children who attend the school, leads the Adams Wellness Team. She said the money will help the school expand its current wellness programs, which include a morning yoga class and an after school fitness club, which are volunteer-run and free for kids. Roylance wants to host quarterly family nights with games such as capture the flag. She’d also like to purchase speedometers for the students.

“Without having a well body and mind, you can’t be successful in school,” she said.

The wellness programs are open to staff and parents, some of whom participated in Friday’s run. After the jaunt, students snacked on marionberry parfaits. Roylance said nutrition is also a key part of the school’s wellness efforts.

“We’re trying to have all the pieces of wellness come together,” she said.

To be eligible for the state wellness award, schools must participate in the National School Lunch Program, Dougherty said. The federally assisted meal program provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children.

Adams Elementary also spends about 25 percent of its food budget on locally produced grains, produce and meats, said Kathy Adair, operations assistant for food and nutrition services at the school. The elementary school invited many of the farms it purchases food from to a farmers market for students, staff and families on school grounds Friday afternoon.

Ten-year-old Marjetta Haapala, a fourth-grader at Adams Elementary, said the school’s wellness day was to help students “stay healthy and for fun.”

Wellness Wednesday: Acupuncture

RAPID CITY, S.D. –

For this Wellness Wednesday segment, NewsCenter1’s Monica Davis learns about acupuncture, its benefits, and misconceptions about the treatment.

Acupuncture dates to ancient China when it was the only form of medicine and was used to treat everything. But they used fish bones instead of single-use needles. Nic Krueger, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist at Thrive Acupuncture, says describes acupuncture as a placement of needles throughout the body to solve an underlying condition.

“I haven’t come across a lot of things it can’t treat,” Krueger says. “But what we know is, what it treats most effectively are things like headaches, back pain, anxiety. Infertility is a big one right now. They have this great top 10 list of what people get acupuncture for and those are sort of heading the list. Up and coming, they’re using it a lot more for digestive issues.”

Kruger says there are a few misconceptions associated with acupuncture – the main one being that the needles hurt.

“You usually feel them when the needle is going in. Then as you’re laying there with your acupuncture needles, you don’t tend to feel them anymore. I think the other big misconception is that there’s been some commercials lately where people are completely coated in needles. It’s not that many. You know, it’s like 12 to 18 needles.”

South Dakota is one of three states where you can practice acupuncture without a license, which can be dangerous – so it’s important to do your research.

“You should look for someone who is actually nationally recognized and licensed. You can look and see where they went to school and see if it’s a graduate school or if it was a weekend training.” 

Acupuncture is something to consider for treatment, especially for a non-muscular issue. But Kruger says it can also be a good addition for muscular pains.

“We actually work alongside western medicine all the time. So go get your physical therapy and come here too, and your results are going to be much better than either one of them alone.” 

Krueger and her husband own Thrive Acupuncture on Mount Rushmore Road, and both have a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Q&A with Jennifer Like: County wellness program marks 10th year of no-cost weight loss

OKLAHOMA CITY – County wellness program marks 10th year of no-cost weight loss

Q: How many Oklahoma County residents are overweight, and how is the county’s Total Wellness program helping?

A: The most recent data shows that 30 percent of Oklahoma County residents are obese and around 60 percent are overweight or obese. This is a concern because people who are overweight or obese are more likely to have chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. The 2017 Wellness Score shows a 5.1 percent decrease in Cardiovascular Disease Mortality compared to the 2014 Wellness Score. The Oklahoma City-County Health Department is working to reduce the risk of these chronic diseases through programs like Total Wellness.

Q: Registered dietitians are available throughout the program. What are their qualifications?

A: Registered dietitians are considered food and nutrition experts. They have earned a degree in nutrition, completed an intensive supervised practice program and passed a national examination. These dietitians are available to meet with class participants during the program and help meet their individual needs.

Q: How do the Total Wellness classes work?

A: The Total Wellness classes are free and meet for one hour a week for eight weeks. Each week covers a different topic related to nutrition, physical activity or behavior change. Most people know they should eat healthier and exercise more; this class helps walk participants through how to actually make those changes in their lives.

Q: Are there some examples of success?

A: Graduates leave the program having changed their lives in some way. Some of our greatest success stories are when people continue to come back and take the program for several sessions. Quite a few people have lost more than 50 pounds over a year with us. Coming to class each week holds them accountable to keep making healthy changes.

Q: How many residents have participated in classes and how many pounds have been lost in the past decade?

A: The Total Wellness program originally began in 2007 as a Diabetes Prevention and Outreach Program. We have made many changes over the years, but continue to see great success. Since 2007 we have had more than 7,000 people come through our program and lose more than 24,000 pounds.

Q: How can interested persons enroll in Total Wellness classes?

A: Total Wellness classes are offered four times a year with day and evening classes across greater Oklahoma City. Reservations are required and spaces are limited. For information about class times, locations and to get signed up, call 405-425-4422, email [email protected] or visit occhd.org/lose.

PAULA BURKES, BUSINESS WRITER

Cleveland to celebrate Global Wellness Day this Saturday

CLEVELAND, Ohio – To celebrate Global Wellness Day, the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland will host a number of wellness activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday.

Global Wellness Day, now in its sixth year, focuses on health and well-being of individuals, families, communities and the planet.

“The principles of Global Wellness Day benefit every individual through the themes of healthy nutrition, exercise, doing good deeds, caring for our planet, each other and our families,” Gloria Treister, U.S. Global Wellness Day ambassador, said in a press release. “This worldwide day is intended to build social awareness, led by people dreaming of a better, more positive life for everyone.”

The event will kick off with a welcome massage at 10 a.m. and end with one-hour walks to Cleveland landmarks. Activities will include free yoga, tai chi, meditation, healthy living food demonstrations, interactive wellness activities, small-business sessions hosted by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alumni, wellness ideas activities, education booths, free screenings and a scavenger hunt. Food trucks will be on site starting at 11 a.m.

The Cleveland Global Wellness Day is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested.

The Cleveland event is one of more than 4,000 such events being held in 100 countries to celebrate Global Wellness Day.

If you go

What: Global Wellness Day

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 10

Where: Global Center for Health Innovation, 1 St. Clair Ave. NE, Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Cost: Free, but pre-registration is requested, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/global-wellness-day-northeast-ohio-free-tickets-5035114162?aff=es2 

Wellness Coaches unveils new mobile technology suite

Onsite wellness coaching firm Wellness Coaches is set to unveil a suite of health and wellness applications that merges mobile technology with inspiration and motivational content with data analytics for companies that do not have access to live, in-person wellness coaches. The new solution will not only work with the coaches and the employees who sign up for the service from the employer’s benefit plans, but it also connects benefit providers and clients with their personal wellness coaches.

The suite, called Wellness Coaches, is being tested by a sample of employers and benefit providers and should be officially rolled out in late Q3 or very early Q4 of this year. It is aimed at small- to large-group companies and adds remote access features for employees who work outside the main office.


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“We were averaging 80% engagement in work environments with live wellness coaches. We cracked that code, but we realized that something was missing to extend to the reach people who wouldn’t be necessarily available [to a live, in-person wellness coach] on a regular basis,” says Gene McGuire, managing partner, Wellness Coaches. “So, we found great partners that are going to allow us to extend our reach.”

The new Wellness Coaches suite has four elements: a web portal, motivational content, a tool for syncing data from wearable devices, and a health data analytic tool that shows trends in medical care usage among employees.

The web portal technology comes from a partnership with Twine Health, the provider of the remote access coaching portal. This portal will allow employees and their spouses and dependents to interact with wellness coaches by video conferencing on desktop computers, tablets and smartphones. This portion of the Wellness Coaches suite will also allow benefit brokers to interact clients to discuss, for example, scheduling in-person coaches or virtual sessions for remote employees.

“It extends the reach to workers who are not onsite, and extends that reach to dependents and spouses,” says McGuire.

Wellness Coaches will “white label” the Twine Health portal with its own logo. “Our goal is to create something that will be seamless to the broker partners, and then for the client,” says McGuire.

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Corporate wellness provider CoreHealth provides the technology to sync the data from employees’ wearable devices, such as Fitbits and Apple iWatches. CoreHealth partner Inspired Perspectives of Jacksonville, Fla., will provide content such as blogs and newsletters to inspire employees through via the portal. They will also deliver what McGuire calls “incentive tracking” to create challenges among the remote employees as well as the workers inside the main hubs of the employer’s organization.

Inspired Perspectives works with Wellness Coaches’ social media partners “to bring more content to the equation,” he says.

Target interventions
Health data analytics will be provided by employer-facing analytics Springbuk, and it is designed to shine a light on gaps in an employee’s self care. McGuire says the Springbuk portion of the suite will be populated with medical-use data from the employees and will conduct predictive modelling that allows Wellness Coaches to understand where future costs are originating. Possible data points include an employee’s weight, frequency of doctor visits and any diagnosis for co-morbidities like heart attack and diabetes.

“We can now identify them upfront and create group activities and promotional efforts for future and chronic conditions. It can help people in need of TLC now, like are people doing what they should, are they using prescriptions as they should?” he says.

The information will be sent to coaches who can then “develop more targeted interventions, programming and strategies to help contain costs,” according to the company.

Stuart Migdon, director of employee benefits with benefit brokerage Business & Governmental Insurance Agency, is most excited about the data analytics portion of Wellness Coaches and has already recommended it to clients.

“We are going to be one of the first brokers to offer this to our clients. It’s a no-brainer from my perspective,” says Migdon. He adds that the data analytics lifts the curtain on the ROI of these services. “For the first time we can look under the hood and see those employees who are coached and those who are not coached.”

He adds, “Not only can we see empirical claims data, we can see what percentage of those employees coached are getting their physical exams every year, and how many are involved in the care coordination. It opens so much more in seeing the value of wellness coaches from a pure and real ROI perspective.”

The Healthy 10: WNY’s top wellness events for this week

The next Buffalo Slow Roll, a mid-week meditation class and a free dinner program on knee pain treatment options are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here.

MONDAY

“Walk This Way”: Catholic Health dinner program on treating knee pain, 5:30 p.m., GrapeVine Banquet Hall, 333 Dick Road, Depew. For more info and to register, click here. Free. Catholic Health invites area residents to attend up to three free dinner programs per calendar year. After that, admission for each program is $20 and includes dinner.

Slow Roll: Slow Roll Buffalo. Meet at 5:30 p.m., roll at 6:30 p.m., African American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave. Roughly 10-mile guided ride for all ages and abilities. Free. To register for your first ride or more info, visit slowrollbuffalo.org.

TUESDAY

WheelWorks outing: 6 p.m., Campus WheelWorks, 744 Elmwood Ave. Five categories range from fast-paced, 30-mile course to a shorter “ice cream ride.” Bike helmet mandatory. For information on this and other excursions, visit campuswheelworks.com.

WEDNESDAY

Meditation and relaxation: 11 a.m., Karuna Yoga Buffalo, 5225 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Learn and practice traditional meditation to cultivate joy, happiness, relaxation, concentration and skill in everyday living. For more info, visit karunayogabuffalo.com.

THURSDAY

Dementia caregiving training: Offered by the WNY Alzheimer’s Association, 9 a.m., Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 345 Main St., Aurora. The church respite care program seeks compassionate volunteers to assist those with dementia. Those wishing to attend training should call 652-0500.

NAMI family education meeting: 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Snyder. Guest presenter Kelly Gotham, a Mental Health Court attorney, will give a talk entitled, “How to Navigate the Court System When Your Loved One is Arrested.” For more info, call the NAMI office at 226-6264.

SATURDAY

Williamsville Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in its original location at the Old Mill, Spring Street, Williamsville.

“Buprenorphine Waiver training – Prenatal Care, Pregnancy and Addiction Focus”: The Western New York Public Health Alliance will host a free class at Catholic Health, 144 Genesee St., for physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, which includes Continuing Medical Education credits. The class will focus on managing prenatal care and special issues associated with pregnant women who have opiate use disorder. For more information, email [email protected] or call 858-4941. To register, visit ecdoh-jun10.eventbrite.com.

Taoist tai chi: Free open house 10 a.m., Taoist Tai Chi Society of USA, 968 Kenmore Ave. Demonstrations, talk to instructors, learn about beginner class time. For info, visit buffalo.taoist.org, email [email protected] or call 876-7218.

We Can: 1 p.m., The Genesis Center, 2161 Seneca St. Peer-run support group for teens struggling with mental health disorders and drug and alcohol addiction. For more info, visit thegenesiscenter.us.

Wellness & Recovery Symposium is June 30 | Local News

WEST MEAD TOWNSHIP — A Wellness & Recovery Symposium is June 30 at New Beginnings Church of God, 13226 Leslie Road.

Anyone who has received, currently receives or may be interested in receiving social, mental health, addictions, corrections, child welfare, domestic violence, education, juvenile/adult criminal justice or intellectual disabilities services, as well as other supports through community, faith-based, professional or volunteer organizations, groups or agencies should attend, organizers say. 

Attendance is free, but registration is required. Seating will be limited to 300 attendees. Registrations will be accepted, pending seat availability, until noon on June 22. 

Community and professional organizations are invited to reserve tabling space.

The event is sponsored by the Crawford County Suicide Task Force, a community initiative of Crawford County Human Services, and the Crawford County System of Care/Safe Schools-Healthy Students Partnership.

• More information or to register: Visit pasocpartnership.org/wellness-recovery-symposium or contact Mela Calomino at [email protected] or 724-8380.

Laker Secondary Schools achieves gold wellness award

PIGEON – Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker Secondary Schools recently became a Michigan School Wellness Gold Award recipient because of the work the school does every day to ensure students’ health now and into the future.
“Laker (Secondary) School is a shining example of what it takes to build healthy school environments,” stated an email from Lonias Gilmore, of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Laker Secondary School Principal Jon Good and Scheurer School Clinic nurse Susie Irion attended the Michigan School Wellness Award Ceremony at the Michigan State Capitol Building recently. State Rep. Ned Canfield attended the event and congratulated Lakers on its accomplishment.
Lakers has received two bronze school wellness awards in previous years. This is the first gold award the school district has received.
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for all the hard work that has been done by many people,” Good said. “It is a testament that the Laker District and community as a whole are committed to doing what is best for our students.”
Irion said Scheurer Hospital, which partners with Lakers to offer the clinic at Laker Secondary School, is proud to work with a school that addresses more than just the basic educational needs of students.
“(Lakers) provides the nutritional, physical and emotional support students need to be successful in school and in life,” she said. “The support the staff has given the Scheurer School Clinic has been a huge part of the positive response we have seen in the students and faculty.”
Irion said the award represents the district’s open-mindedness, as it was the first school to establish the wellness clinic in partnership with Scheurer.
“With this being my first year in the clinic, I can honestly say I am proud to be a part of what our hospital and school offer, which supports the success of our kids,” she said. “With the presence of the clinic, the students are able to take ownership of their health and well-being. The motto of the clinic says it all – ‘Students must be healthy to be educated and educated to be healthy.'”
To achieve gold status, Lakers had to complete several steps when applying for the wellness award. Some of those steps included completion of the HSAT School Core Assessment and other assessments; an HSAT Action Plan with at least one action that has been worked on or completed; a School Health Team that meets at least four times a year; and submission of a school success story that meets the School Wellness Award criteria. The school needed to achieve an overall score of 275 or above.
Laker Superintendent Brian Keim said the gold award was something several staff members worked hard to achieve.
“There was a determination to reach the gold level after earning bronze the past two years,” Keim said. “I can’t say enough about the efforts of our staff and students, the Scheurer School Clinic, our food service group, our school board, and everyone else who has made school wellness a priority here at Lakers.”
As for the success story, Lakers submitted information about the district’s Farm to School program, led by coordinator Cinamon Marker. She was hired by the school as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm to School planning grant the school received.
“Students are being introduced to a variety of fresh produce and lunch specials using fresh ingredients twice a week by the Laker Farm to School coordinator,” the success story stated. “A network of organizations and individuals work together to provide local produce and develop new fresh recipes for the students. One of the most popular lunch specials was a non-processed version of Lunchables. Students receive a plate of whole-grain crackers, ham, turkey, a variety of cheeses, fruit and vegetables, such as carrots and sugar snap peas.”
In addition, Laker students at all grade levels receive a snack of fresh, in-season produce once a month as part of the Chef Ann grant. Some of the snacks so far have included grapes, sugar snap peas and jicama. Marker shares nutritional information as the snacks are distributed.
The success story also shared details about cooking classes for secondary school students, which was made possible through a grant from the Huron County Community Foundation. The participants have been learning many basic cooking skills, and during an upcoming cook-off event, the students will compete to see which one of their lunch entrees will be chosen to appear on a future school lunch menu.
“Farm to School activities help students learn more about where their food comes from and what it means to eat healthy,” the success story stated. “Also, getting the student’s input on what they like gives them more ownership of what they consume at lunchtime.”
Marker said she has enjoyed coordinating the Farm to School program, especially the Chef Ann grant.
“Exposing students to new fruits and vegetables gives them the opportunity to try them, and this has been a wonderful for the kids,” she said. “The kids are so excited when we have our tastings.”
Marker said the Farm to School program offers another way to teach lifelong wellness.
“I am honored to be a part of a compassionate, caring school district that has so many options for educating our students on health and wellness,” she said. “We are what we eat. A nutritional, balanced meal keeps kids focused so they can perform well in school. It takes a village to raise a child, or so the saying goes. I am certainly proud to work with a staff of people that promote what is best for kids’ education, health and wellness.”
In other school wellness efforts, Laker Secondary School offers gym classes, which include weight lifting, to all grade levels 6-12. Special seminar time activities for junior high students include physical exercise activities, such as walking, floor hockey and basketball. Secondary school students also receive health classes, including a freshmen health class that covers a variety of subjects, such as sexually-transmitted diseases.
Keim said he hopes the gold award communicates that Lakers cares a great deal about students’ overall well-being, because in order to learn well, students must be in good health.
“We’re not perfect, but we make an honest effort to promote a school culture where students can grow and develop into healthy individuals — physically, mentally and emotionally,” Keim said. “That’s not something you can accomplish alone. Everyone has to do their part, so this is a true team award. That makes it extra special.”
The School Wellness Award program is conducted by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Action for Healthy Kids.