Tools for Building Healthier Youth is a one-day skills building workshop for individuals interested in the health and well being of school-aged youth. This year's workshop will be held on October 25, 2019 from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Session One

The Mindful Classroom: What is Mindfulness? How is it used in the classroom setting? What are the benefits?

Sharon Schmitz, middle school science teacher with over 20 years of experience and a 500-hour-certified yoga teacher, will discuss mindfulness and its role in the classroom. Sharon will guide you through mindfulness exercises, ways to help students (as well as yourself) use mindfulness in the classroom setting, and how mindfulness can benefit students and teachers alike.


Session Two

Option A- Fad Diets for Student Athletes

With the media’s focus on body image, it’s not surprising that fad diets are viewed as a fast track to balance nutrition for student athletes, however this isn’t always the case. Learn the facts about a healthy sustainable diet, how to spot a fad diet and how nutrition affects overall health and physical performance.

Option B- Consent in the 21st Century

How do teens convey consent to a partner? In this session, we will discuss how adolescents understand the concept of sexual consent, identify different activities to use with teens around sexual consent, and understand how these concepts can help adolescents develop healthy dating and sexual relationships.


Session Three

Option A- What's the Buzz About Drugs?

As Cannabidol (CBD) and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices continue to gain popularity, schools struggle to keep pace in updating their policies to prevent use of these products on their properties. In this session, we will discuss the current facts, media advertisements and tips school personnel can use in cracking down on adolescents' use of these products.

Option B- Cultivating Community Partnerships: Food for Thought

Learn about building and sustaining long term partnerships with examples from our community partners, Good Life Growing. The Healthy Schools Healthy Communities team has years of experience with engagement and collaborative efforts on an individual and organizational level in both school and community settings. This session provides a brief overview of the Innovation and Impact grant that will enhance efforts in the Ville/Greater Ville, Carr Square, and Carondelet neighborhoods.



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Check out a selection of photos from previous Tools for Building Healthier Youth workshops below.