PCSD launches safe and healthy campaign

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Park City School District is launching its “Safe & Healthy” campaign this year in an effort to help students become more educated about how to stay safe and how to be healthier in mind and in body.

This year the district is focusing on mental health and school safety initiatives. Earlier this summer, the district hired Dr. Ben Belnap as its Associate Superintendent of Student Wellness. Throughout the year, Dr. Belnap will initiate discussions with the community about how best to create safe, drug-free, and respectful environments for learning, and how to promote the behavioral health of our students.

“We are anxious to collaborate with parents, community partners, and civic leaders about such complex issues as violence, substance abuse, and mental health and ways to help our students be healthier, both in mind and body,” says Superintendent Ember Conley.

Sept. 11-15 has been designated Wellness Week. “We want to focus on the positive, and wish to invite non-profit community partners to the Wellness ‘Hub’ to host stations/share brief messages and materials covering five topics over the five days,” said Alison Vallejo, district counselor. The Wellness Hub is from 4-5:30 each night at Treasure Mountain Junior High.

Preliminary partners participating include:

Monday 9/11: Emotional Wellness – PCHS Hope Squad, CONNECT, Valley Behavioral Health, Mindful Schools, CCPC, and a special guest speaker: “A Life Worth Living”

Tuesday 9/12:  Physical Health & Activity – , Utah Youth Sports Alliance, Wasatch Pediatrics, People’s Health Clinic, PC Hospital Live Well Center, MARC, Basin Recreation, CCPC, and Speaker: Summer Sanders

Wednesday 9/13:  Nutrition – EATS, PC Hospital Live Well Center, CCPC, Wasatch Pediatrics,  and Speaker: Shannon Doleac, EATS board member 

Thursday 9/14:  Substance Abuse – Natural High/Positive Psychology – CCPC, Summit County Health, Valley Behavioral Health and Speaker: Dr Ben Belnap. PCSD

Friday, 9/15: Community Service and Safety – Police – City and County, Park City Fire Department, Summit County Health, Mountain Mediation, CCPC, organizations with whom students could volunteer (Nuzzles and Co., Arts-Kids, Recycle Utah, Big Brothers/Big Sisters) to encourage getting involved in the community, and Speaker:  Niko Jenson – Restorative Justice.

Representatives will be at the Wellness Hub to talk with parents, students and “community members about what services they provide, and any other information that helps promote safety and wellness for our students and families,” said Vallejo.

“This is a first for Park City and we are fortunate to have so many community organizations behind our Safe and Healthy theme for the year,” said Vallejo.

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