A “Wellness Fair” for staff members was held at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on the afternoon of January 21. The first of its kind at R-FH, the event featured 50-minute “breakout sessions” with activities and information centered on physical and emotional well-being. A variety of health-related presentations were offered in the RFH gymnasium as well.
Wellness Committee Staff Members Frank Gripp, Lauren Grumbach, Anna Higgins, Andrew Hudson, Linda Nill, and Lauren Thieme organized the Fair for their colleagues, with the event made possible through the generosity of local health practitioners and businesses, as well as staff members who donated their time and shared their expertise.
Breakout sessions included Pilates (presented by Dani Ruben of Pilates Blast in Tinton Falls), “Practical Meditation Mini-Retreat” (presented by Kristin Gould, Jyoti) and “Calm, Cool, and Collected” (presented by Horizon Healthcare). R-FH staff members presented sessions in Fitness (Joe Murphy, Rob Orrok, Kim Pierson), Nutritional Cooking (Cassie Fallon, Andrew Hudson, Greg Kelly), Yoga (Mary Beth Colemen, Kerri Williams, Eric Zullo) and “Returning to Play Safely from Concussion” (Alex Stein).
Other presentations in the gymnasium included information on the benefits of juicing (and juice samples) from Cups and Cakes Bakery, Café, and Juice Bar in Rumson; Health Counseling by RFH staff member Rebecca Wang; information about the benefits of doTerra Essential Oils; an acupuncture consultation by Dr. Jidong Sun, and Biometric Screening providing immediate readings for cholesterol, blood sugar glucose, blood pressure and pulse, and Body Mass Index.
Also on hand to answer questions were representatives from AXA Equitable, Aflac, Bolinger, Delta Dental, and Horizon.
“I received a Biometric Screening and participated in Pilates and Yoga,” said Art teacher Zachary Wilson. “I discovered that Pilates is challenging but in a good way…I’d never done it before, and now I am interested in doing more.”
“It is so important for teachers to be healthy mentally and physically in order to be at our best for students,” said French teacher Christine Berg. “Today was a great reminder of things we can do to stay healthy.”