Julie Benay, principal at Malletts Bay School, has received recognition from the Vermont Education Health Initiative (VEHI) for her contributions toward the promotion of school employee wellness.
Ms. Benay’s efforts to promote wellness were recognized at VEHI’s Vermont Principals Association Leadership Conference in Killington on August 2.
Criteria for recognition included
• integrating health into the culture of the workplace;
• expanding the vision of health to one of energy and vitality rather than from the absence of disease;
• promoting employee creativity, a sense of belonging, optimism, humor, humility, self-confidence, and resiliency;
• providing adequate resources;
• visibly demonstrating to all employees their own commitment to wellness; and
• recognizing the impact of the employees’ households and their communities on their health and developing strategies to address these impacts positively.
Among her many other efforts, Ms. Benay widely communicates health and wellness information through e-mails, websites, and blogging. She has participated in a host of wellness events and initiatives, collaborated with the district’s wellness committee in developing proactive policies, models healthy eating and exercise habits, and supports a parent-led farm-to-school initiative.
You may recall from an earlier CSD Spotlight article that Malletts Bay School received the Vermont 2011 Fit and Healthy School Wellness Award in May. CSD’s wellness program is gaining national recognition; as we announced in an earlier article, it was also recognized by the Washington DC-based Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE).
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