Wellbeing Health Check-in

 Caitlin Anderson – Wellbeing Health Promotions Officer

It sure has been a roller coaster ride over the past few weeks with the recent outbreak of norovirus. Illness often serves as a timely reminder to regularly reflect on the meaning of health and how we can individually achieve optimal health.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) define health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and emotional well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’

At The Southport School, wellbeing health consists of MENS REMAP – mindfulness, exercise, nutrition and sleep, relationships, engagement, meaning, accomplishment and positive emotion. These nine domains have been useful in creating a brief wellbeing health check-in which will be discussed with students this week in respective Mentor groups.

Some of the questions that we are asking our students as part of an open discussion include:

  • Do you practice mindfulness?
  • Are you moving your body every day?
  • Do you eat at least two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables each day?
  • Do you sleep for more than 8 hours per night?
  • Do you surround yourself with people that positively influence you/
  • Do you take time to notice the positives in your life?

We encourage you, as parents of TSS boys, to keep this conversation open in the home environment. This may be in the car to or from school, over dinner or over the weekend.

Next week, we will be encouraging our boys to set some personal wellbeing health goals for the year.

Have a great weekend and stay healthy!

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