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JCPS Whole Kids Foundation Grant 2016-2017

A "Taste" of Mindfulness

This grant offers all Jefferson County Public School Health Education teachers the opportunity to attend continuing education workshops on mindfulness-based approaches to health education, specifically looking at the intersection of mindfulness training, food & culture, mental/emotional wellness, and expanding the content of a traditional nutrition unit to a more holistic view of how we nourish ourselves. A mindfulness-based approach to nutrition allows a person to slow down and be present to their choices, reduces stress, and helps to establish a healthy relationship to food.

Shelly Sowell M.Ed., LPCC, Grant Consultant

Donna Benton M.Ed, JCPS PL Specialist, Grant Director

For PLCs you can receive PD credit.  Once you have 18 hours, you can be paid District stipend

Introduction to Mindfulness in Health Education & Impact of Self-Care for Teacher Well-Being and Effectiveness in Classroom

September 20, 2016 | Gheens

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ideas to Explore:

  • Introduction to Mindfulness in Education

  • Connecting mindful awareness to how we nourish our bodies

  • Mind-Body Connection

  • Introductions and getting to know teachers in program

The Neurobiology of Stress & Connection to Nourishment

Monday, October 3, 2016 | Gheens

12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Ideas to Explore:

  • Neuroscience perspective of nervous system and daily stressors

  • How the past informs present moment reaction & use of coping skills

  • Using body information to create inner resilience

  • Processing emotion and processing food

  •  Nourishment for stress response

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