Take the Time to Make One Change

During the 2014-15 school year, Penn Manor staff is asked to make one change at a time that enhances mental well-being (Example: Exercise, family time, brain breaks, time management, stress management, journaling, social time, life style changes, clean eating, 5 fruits and vegetables/day, less sugar, etc.).  For every five days a staff member sticks with the change, one entry will be earned into a raffle for one of several $25 gift cards.  There will be four rounds during the school year.  The first round will begin 9/25 and run through 11/25.  A maximum of 12 entries is possible as it is a 60 day span with only one change being made and five days/1 entry.  Optional calendars may be used to help guide employees.

Take time MOC calendar 1

Additionally, staff members are asked to write “kudos” to their colleagues.  These will be used to RALLY staff mental well-being.  “Rally by Roadhouse” entries will be bonus entries into the $25 gift card drawing.  For every 5 “rallying kudos” statements written, an employee will earn a bonus entry into the drawing (maximum of 3 bonus entries).  Texas Roadhouse has graciously sponsored this program by providing $15 gift cards.  Staff members who receive “rallying kudos” may be selected to win the $15 gift cards.  Buildings will be provided gift cards for those persons and wellness committee members will help their buildings run the “Rally by Roadhouse” program.



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Wellness Week of Change

A district-wide Wellness Week for ALL staff- Please try to participate in as many of the following days as you can:

Sunday, January 5 = “Sleep Sunday”

Get the recommended amount of sleep (7.5-9 hours at night)

Monday, January 6 = “No Moan Monday”

Utilize stress relieving activities and maintain an optimistic attitude.

Tuesday, January 7 = “Tasty Tuesday”

Nutrition is the thought of the day!  Wellness Building Reps will tell you how this is being incorporated into your building (ex: healthy food samples in the faculty room with copies of the recipes)

Wednesday, January 8 = “Water and Workout Wednesday”

Increase your water intake and be mindful of other beverages.  Put some exercise into your day.

Nutritionist, Holly Doan at HS Library from 4:15-5:15 (pre-register with Dawn Janssen)

Thursday, January 9 = “Team Theme Thursday”

Join a partner or a group for some wellness time (ex: buddy walk over lunch, positive social time with faculty, take time out for a family activity)

Friday, January 10 = “Pay It Forward Friday”

You may “dress down” if:  you made a conscious effort to partake in at least one of the changes for the week AND you somehow pass the message along to the students about the importance of wellness.  Money is not the point of the day/week.  It’s a reminder from the administration about how valuable staff is and to take care of one’s self.

If you have a “Make One Change” T-shirt, please wear it.  If you do not, please feel free to wear any appropriate, Wellness-themed shirt (as long as you meet the preceding two criteria).


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Penn Manor Education Foundation – Shoot for Education

Saturday, November 16 from noon to 1:30

Penn Manor High School East Gym

No Pre-registration necessary – For more information, click on shoot for ed

Please find the pledgesheet here!


Grace Cancer Cares – Cancer Myth Buster Session!

Grace Cancer Cares is offering a 1 hour Cancer Myth Buster session with Jean Kozachuk this Thursday.

Join Grace Cancer Cares this Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm.   We will meet in the Family Life Center at Grace United Methodist Church 163 West Frederick Street  Millersville, PA 17551

Jean will lead us in an informative session on  cancer diagnosis, various stages and treatment overview. Jean has worked 25+ years  as a professional in oncology  and can provide answers to many questions when caring for someone with cancer.  Her experiences and her energetic personality will definitely provide  encouragement and understanding.

Feel free to bring a friend or family member along.  Child care provided.

November 21, 2013 is the 2nd free Learn to Knit a Prayer Shawl!


“Make One Change” Program

  • Earn entries into a drawing for multiple $25 gift cards!
  • Just make one positive wellness change and for every five days you stick with that change, you earn 1 entry into the drawing (does not have to be 5 consecutive days).
  • This program starts on 9/26 and ends on 11/26 (Report number of entries to your wellness building rep).  Next round starts 11/27 and runs for 2 months, etc.…this program will run the entire school year!!!
  • 60 days during first round, so maximum of 12 entries!
  • When your change becomes a habit, pick a new change!
  • Examples of some changes that have been shared with me:  journaling for stress management, eliminating soda consumption, eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, exercising at least 3 days per week…
  • For Optional calendars – Click the link:  MakeChangeRound1
  • Second Round begins 11/27 – Click this link: MakeChangeRound2
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Welcome to the 2013/2014 School Year

The theme of Opening Day for the 2013-14 school year is “Make One Change”.  Employees are encouraged to make one small wellness change until it becomes a habit.  By taking care of our self first, we can then be more successful in helping others.  The Wellness Committee will be working hard to provide initiatives to carry this theme through out the year.

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A leisurely walk, jog, and wellness experience for all ages

April 20, 12-2 PM



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New Posts and Pages

Automatic Notifications for the Wellness Blog are only sent when new posts are added to the website.  Most of the updates and changes I make are to pages, therefore, you wouldn’t get an automatic notification with every change I make.  This is good because I doubt you would want a notification about every change; however, please be aware the blog is constantly being updated and should contain and be a good resource for up to date information.

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“Love Your Body” Program

Love Your Body

A weight loss, maintenance, or gain program

  • Works on Honor System
  • School nurses approved
  • Weigh in at your convenience anytime between now and 2/14/13 on the Health Room scale
  • $5.00 entry fee due at initial weigh-in (money to be placed in designated container/envelope in nurse’s office) – Entry fee to be reclaimed at the end of the program if your goal was met (within 2 pounds)
  • Record your weight on the available card, and keep it either in your possession or an envelope provided (for privacy) in the designated location in nurse’s office
  • Weigh in weekly starting 2/14/13 (or within a day or so)
  • Note your weight on your own confidential card.
  • Indicate on the sign in sheet at the scale whether your goal was met and if necessary, $1.00 paid if goal not met.  IF weigh-in was missed, $1.00 for each week missed (ex: forgot to weigh in one week = $1.00).
  • Program ends on 4/12/13 – All monies remaining by 4/19/13 will be donated to the PM Family Fund

Example:  Goal for Dawn Janssen to lose weight

Dawn Janssen weighs in 2/13/13 (sign sheet at scale and check off paid $5.00 entry/write weight on confidential card)

Dawn Janssen weighs in 2/19/13 (within one day of a week – OK; gains 1 pound – no money owed – within 2 lbs. – OK)

Dawn Janssen weighs in 2/26/13 – gains another 2 lbs. – pay $1.00 – 3 pounds over initial weigh-in weight (Goal Met = No; check off when $1.00 paid – NON-REFUNDABLE)

Dawn Janssen continues to weigh in weekly and notes it on the chart in the nurse’s office.

Dawn Janssen weighs in 4/10/13 – last weigh-in (Weight down 5 pounds from original weigh-in weight = $5.00 returned)

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Millersville University’s Sweatafit

Cycle, Zumba, Yoga, and Pilates for up to 9 hours (Participants of all levels are welcome)!!

February 16, 2013
8AM to 5PM at the Millersville University’s Student Memorial Center

Money raised will help support Lancaster County adults with developmental disabilities.
$15 Student Rate
$30 Non-Student Rate

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Jingle Bell Run

2012 Jingle Bell Run/Walk® Lancaster, PA
Sunday, December 9, 2012, 11AM, Granite Run Corp Center

Be there with bells on!

Get in the spirit this holiday season at the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis®. Be one of the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the nation’s pavements, pathways and parks this winter to fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk® is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving.

For more information or to register for the Jingle Bell Run, visit:

Event Contact:
Douglas Knepp
Branch Director
Arthritis Foundation, Central PA Office

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“Healthy Holidays” Program

Healthy Holidays Program – For all PMSD employees!!

  • Monday, November 19 – Monday, January 21
  • Gym Workouts or Private Workouts
  • First drawing on or about December 20 or 21 (names and number of workouts due to wellness reps in building by end of the day 12/19)
  • Second and final drawing approx. 1/25/13 (names and number of workouts due to building wellness reps by end of the day 1/22/13)
  1. Gym Workouts

For every 5 days of gym visits (working at an intensity level, and duration to maintain and/or improve current fitness level) = 1 ticket/entry for the drawing

Prize = multiple $25 gift cards to Sports Authority

2.  Private Workouts

For every 5 days of workouts at an intensity level, and duration to maintain and/or improve current fitness level = 1 ticket/entry for the drawing

Prize = multiple $25 gift cards to Sports Authority

Below are the optional recording calendars:

November 2012 Calendar

December 2012 Calendar

January 2013 Calendar


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