Making the Case for School Wellness
When making the case for school wellness, you may need to address your audience’s questions and concerns. Below are some frequent ones, and responses that may help you out.
Q: We’re already too busy with other things; how do we fit in school wellness with all of our other obligations?
A: School leaders may agree that school wellness is important, but say that they don’t have the time or resources to commit to it. If you plan to do most of the work along with the wellness committee, reassure school leaders that you’re not asking for a large time commitment – the biggest thing you’ll need from them is their support. Offer suggestions on how staff can be involved if they do have the time or the interest—such as including the wellness team as one of the optional committees for which staff can volunteer. And you can suggest that wellness activities be offered for staff, helping to relieve their stress/burdens.
Shouldn’t we be focusing on academics?
It’s not the school’s job to teach healthy habits; isn’t that the parent’s job?
We don’t want to break with our school’s traditions.
But kids like what we’re serving them.
These foods are a part of our heritage.
We can’t afford any new initiatives – how will we pay for wellness activities?
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