Wellness Week Makes Healthy Living Fun at Prodell

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Encouraging connections among positive choices, healthy habits and learning was in full force during a successful Wellness Week at the Middle School.

Coordinated by the physical education department, the week started with an assembly on bullying and diversity presented by Suffolk County Police Officer Nancy Ward. She was introduced by Student Council members Erin Cahill, Joelle Iallacci and Hailey Lewkovich.

“It is important to respect our individual differences,” said Andrea Monz, social worker and Dignity Act coordinator. “It’s especially important that students be empowered to stand up against bullying and biased language.”

The rest of the week was filled with fun activities in physical education classes, including country line dancing, mindfulness and yoga. PTO members brought in nutritious and healthy food.

"Wellness Week allows students to be exposed to different fitness and health-related activities,” said physical education teacher Allison Demarco. “Staff, parents and community members serve as role models as they teach students different aspects of wellness. We hope the students come away with more knowledge and a stronger desire to be emotionally and physically well.”

The school thanks community members Melissa DelGuidice, April Langella, Michele Loesch and Andrea Patterson; secretary Rosalie Burke and teachers Katie Peters and Melissa Stallone for their involvement in making the program a success.