B-Well Staff Wellness
Working in Boston Public Schools is rewarding, but it can also be very stressful at times; that’s why it’s important for staff to dedicate time to nurturing their own physical and mental health and wellness, as well as that of BPS students. The goal of B-Well is to help create healthier work environments that encourage and empower BPS staff to make healthy choices that promote their physical and emotional wellbeing.
In addition, staff wellness is a great way for teachers and other BPS staff to practice healthy behaviors so that they can model these habits in the classroom and in the community. This gives students role models for health, and creates a healthy environment for everyone in the district.
Launched in March 2012, the B-Well Staff Wellness Program began by offering staff wellness at BPS central offices through lunch and learn workshops and physical activity challenges. Over 90 staff members participated in the Walk Across America Challenge that engaged staff in a healthy walking competition that got people moving throughout their days. Walk Across America steps will contribute to Boston Moves for Health, Mayor Menino’s ambitious campaign to improve health and fitness in Boston. The initiative engages residents in Boston, challenging adults to collectively loose 1 million pounds and all residents to collectively walk 10 million miles. Through this challenge the City wants to support adults in Boston in achieving personal goals toward a healthy weight. As a core strategy to achieve the ambitious target goals, Boston Moves for Health calls on workplaces in Boston to promote workplace wellness practices. The B-Well Staff Wellness Program supports this city-wide effort to improve the health and wellness of employees that work in Boston.