Healthy Body, Mind, and Lifestyle – Grades 7 – 9 – Winter 2021 – 10 Weeks
Friday, January 15 2021 @ 11:00AM - Friday, March 26 2021 @ 12:30PM EST
What is health?
In this 10-week class, students will learn about the connection between eating a nutrient dense, whole foods diet, and the prevention of chronic disease. We also will explore strategies for achieving life balance through reframing, mindfulness, and goal setting.
The concept of “you are what you can digest” will be introduced. Students will learn about the importance of the digestive process, and how it is the foundation of good health. They will acquire skills on how to make informed choices when it comes to what they eat in order to achieve optimal digestion.
Students will be taught valuable life skills relating to nutrition, including an understanding of the basic macronutrients, as well as how to source their food, read labels, and recognize how social media and advertising can influence their food and lifestyle choices.
Each class will begin with a short mediation, and review of weekly logs, noting any challenges, successes, and changes in energy, sleep, activity, digestion, etc.
Some of the latest scientific research reveals that:
• Participants in an fMRI study who ate a probiotic snack twice daily for four weeks became less emotionally reactive to angry and frightened facial images than subjects who received a placebo or no snack at all.
• Introducing beneficial microbes to the gut increases levels of “feel good” neurotransmitters including GABA, while lowering the stress hormone cortisol.
• Compared to participants who received a placebo, healthy young adults taking a multi-strain probiotic supplement for four weeks experienced fewer negative, aggressive, and hopeless thoughts—and were less inclined to ruminate on unpleasant ideas after being in a “Sad mood.”
• Achieving proper gut balance during the teen years may help improve teenagers overall mental health, and may even prevent certain psychological/emotional issues that might have otherwise surfaced during this important formative period.