STUDENT HEALTH AND SUCCESS IN THE CLASSROOM ARE INTERRELATED.
CAPS Collaborative promotes lifelong wellness through a collaboration between curriculum, programs & activities, and community connections. CAPS is committed to providing a school environment that enhances learning and the development of lifelong wellness practices in accordance with the Federal Public Law (PL 108-265) and MA State Regulation 105 CMR 215. With the recognition that student health and success in school are interrelated, in order to achieve goals in the classroom and throughout the Collaborative as a whole, CAPS focuses on 4 areas:
- Nutrition Education
- Physical Activity & Education
- Nutrition Standards
- Other School Based Activities
The CAPS Wellness committee is a combination of all staff throughout the Collaborative, including administrators, aides, paraprofessionals, teachers, therapists, etc. It reflects the cultural, linguistic and ethnic composition of our home community and the many communities CAPS serves to the maximum extent possible. The breadth and scope of the Wellness Committee fluctuates depending the current issues being addressed and the population of children being served. Meeting minimally 4 times per year, they focus on educating and supporting students and staff to make healthy choices around nutrition and physical activity. This Committee is also responsible for keeping the Board of Directors updated on any substantial changes and otherwise reports annually on accomplishments in the current year and goals for coming years.
Walking Program – team challenge! 11/11/2014 – 12/22/2014
CAPS registered with the American Heart Association and their online activity tracker to count the steps employees took everyday. Participation was voluntary and staff could enroll on their own and/or join a team. The program ran for just over 40 days and the staff “competed” individually and as a team for who could log the most steps. As the days marched on, employees were able to see the progress they made toward their own personal goals and how their activity ranged during the day(s) while also being able to see their team’s progress and CAPS’ progress as a whole. Awards were given to the top two individuals and top teams! Special thanks to CAPS’ former Nurse, Melissa Bolduc, for putting the program together!
Free Yoga Classes 10/19/2015 – 11/20/2015
Thanks to Alexis Szymakowski, CAPS was able to offer free yoga classes two nights a week to employees. Sessions were held in the CAPS/FLLAC PD Center at Sonoma Square on Monday and Friday evenings from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. The classes were excellent and with some good participation, CAPS hopes the opportunity arises for more classes like this in the future!