most adults, finding the time to exercise and eat right can be challenging. But
the teachers and classified employees of the Kodiak Island Borough School
District have a new tool to help them meet those challenges. The district,
which two years ago instituted a student wellness policy, is now offering a
voluntary wellness program for staff. KMXT’s Casey Kelly has more.
empty gym at Kodiak High School, Eric Linscheid leads Margaret Reed through a
variety of stretching exercises, designed to improve 10 physical skills,
including stamina, strength, agility and balance.
1 :20s “…just
a stretch [nat sound fades].”)
a physical education and health teacher at the high school, is the leader of
the Kodiak Island Borough School District’s new staff wellness program. The
program, which is a combination of diet and exercise, is based on clinical
studies that have proven to decrease heart disease, risks from diabetes, and
bad cholesterol, while increasing good cholesterol and making people feel more
1 :16s “…need
to get what they want.”)
says the program is designed to take into account the skill level of those
taking part, since everyone starts at a different place and has a different set
of needs and goals. The first step is having everyone change one small thing
2 :18s “…go
after the next change.”)
for a four-month commitment during which participants will keep track of their
progress on the Internet. So far there are about 10 teachers and staff members
signed up, from both town and village schools. Linscheid says one major
component of the program, are its weekly meetings.
3 :20s “…to
where they wanna go.”)
works at the district’s central office, says she’s already noticing a
difference in her own attitude toward getting healthy.
(Reed 1 :08s “…part
of my life that’s a habit.”)
Her goal is
mainly feeling better about herself overall, but says there are other benefits
she wouldn’t mind seeing as well.
(Reed 2 :03s “…would
always be a good thing.”)
admits that it can be hard for most adults to stick to a diet or exercise
program. But he says if they do it will pay off not just in their personal
lives, but in how they perform in their jobs as well. And for teachers that can
be especially important.
4 :05s “…and
so that’ll be reflected.”)
says there have been attempts in the past to get staff to think about their
health and wellness, this is the first time Linscheid can recall the district
offering a comprehensive program to its employees.