January 2017
Dear Staff -

Happy New Year!  On behalf of myself and our newly formed Wellness Committee, I would like to extend my best wishes for a happy and healthy 2017! The health and wellness of our BPS staff is something that we are taking very seriously, and something that we do not want to take for granted.  We know that employees who practice self-care are more productive and will thrive at work and home. So often self-care is forgotten, or put on the back burner.  You work with unwavering commitment to serving our students, oftentimes sacrificing your health and well-being. 

We are trying to find opportunities to help you prioritize your health.  The newly-opened Bolling Wellness Center is a part of that. We would love to see more members of our BPS community take advantage of this convenient exercise option.  If the gym is not for you, BPS on the Move is for runners and walkers of all levels.

In the months ahead we will share opportunities to join TEAM BPS at various community runs and activities. We are looking for ways to have fun together!  If you have suggestions, please let us know! Please take this survey so we can get to know a little more about your fitness goals and interests. If you are interested in becoming more involved in BPS Wellness, consider joining our Bolling Wellness Committee

Evidence shows that even a little physical activity benefits your health.  Please join us in stepping away from your desk in whatever way works for you.

Makeeba McCreary, Chief of Staff and External Affairs
Paleo enthusiast, completer of the Boston Marathon, lover of hot yoga

The Bolling Wellness Center Update
Welcome to Bolling Wellness Center! 

We are a safe, positive, encouraging wellness center for BPS staff. We can't wait to meet you and embark on this fitness journey.

Our mission is to provide a convenient place for BPS staff to workout with services that will support all fitness levels and goals. 

Located in the basement of the Bolling Building, the Bolling Wellness Center provides a convenient and cost-effective space for employees to work towards their fitness goals. The gym is fully-functional, so join today!

- Javy Caraballo, Director - Bolling Wellness Center

Join the Bolling Wellness Center

BWC Plan Membership
The BWC Plan includes an initial health history and access to the gym and gym equipment. Membership is just $20 per month with a 6 month commitment. After the 6 months, you can stop your membership with a 30 day notice. 

Personal Training
Personal Training and Health Coaching is available at additional cost. 

To join or to learn more, visit the  Bolling Wellness Center website

For questions about the Bolling Wellness Center, contact Javy Caraballo,  javy@geteastiefit.com

Gym & Fitness Reimbursement
Great News!  The Bolling Wellness Center qualifies for the health insurance reimbursement benefit.  Many healthcare plans including Harvard Pilgrim and Blue Cross Blue Shield offer a $150 incentive per year for maintaining a fitness facility membership. 

To claim your reimbursement or for more information about claiming your reimbursement, visit  Blue Cross Blue Shield or Harvard Pilgrim For questions about completing the form with Bolling Wellness Center information, contact Javy Caraballo,  javy@geteastiefit.com
BPS on the Move Update

We are still moving and grooving as the seasons change, but we must admit, our numbers have dropped considerably. We have created new a #bpsonthemove interest form  to gather days of the week preference from our existing members, as well as new recruits who'd like to join! 
We plan to run straight through the winter and would love more company out on the road! 
As a reminder, our club aims to be a place for all speeds and abilities and for those who can't commit on a weekly basis. We will continue to do our best ensuring that everyone feels welcome! 

About BPS on the Move

BPS on the Move #BPSonthemove is a running/walking group open all Boston Public Schools employees that meets on Wednesdays at 5:15pm on the main floor of the Bolling Building. This group meets after work and typically goes out for runs/walks ranging in distance from 3- 5 miles where individuals can choose the length they would like to go. They reconvene at 6:00pm for a group picture that is usually photo-shopped to whatever the weekly theme is. 
BPS on the Move is always accepting new members and the goal of the group is to complete quarterly runs out in the Massachusetts community. 

Contact Gina D'Addario gdaddario@bostonpublicschools.org or
Hannah LeMieux hlemieux@bostonpublicschools.org for questions and more information
Healthy Teams, Healthy Meetings
Starting fresh with a new year, now is the time to go the extra mile for your department. No matter what your resolutions are, small changes in workplace habits can go a long way for your health. 

An easy resolution is to provide healthy snacks like fruits, veggies, and granola bars (watch out for sugar!) for your department.  Make your meetings a munchkin  free   zone !

Or, grab your team and head to the gym or BPS on the Move together. Working out together will help you release stress, build accountability, and build relationships that will make you more productive.

Click  here for more tips provided by BPS Health & Wellness Department
Bright Spot: Road to Wellness 
On September 10th, over 50 BPS employees participated in the  Road to Wellness 5K Run/Walk .  Thank you to TEAM BPS for coming out to support this celebration of the Roxbury community.  Our thanks to HoodFit for sponsoring our team. We hope others will join us for additional fun runs in the future which will be organized by BPS on the Move.  Check out a few  photos  from the morning.
TEACH Fitness: Free Class and Upcoming Schedule
We do together what we won't do alone! TEACH Fitness fit clubs are designed to build strength together! Classes are all levels and workouts are catered to building up the core, toning major muscle groups, burning fat and improving balance and stability. Classes include goal setting and meditation, a variety weight training, creative strength exercises and bursts of cardio and dance to help your reach fitness goals and be your best self!
Free Class!
Date: Tuesday, 1/26 at 5:15 PM
Location: Bolling Room 2-12
How to Sign Up: Sign up online  here
Come try it out and see if you're ready to be a part of TEACH Fitness Nation!
Ongoing Classes: 
Visit the TEACH Fitness Facebook Page or website for additional information and announcements. 
For more information, contact Angela Gentile, contact@teachfitnessboston.com
Take our Wellness Survey

Let us know about you and your wellness goals so we can provide resources and supports to help you on your wellness journey. 
Our wellness program is built around you and your goals, so let us know how we can best support you. 
Join our Wellness Committee

Are you interested in helping build and promote Wellness at Bolling? Join our Wellness Committee. In our bi-weekly meetings, our committee determines how to best support Bolling staff in their workplace and personal wellness. 

Tips for Stress Reduction

Did you know that you can reduce your level of stress in just a few minutes a day? Here is one of many exercises you can do throughout the day to keep your stress levels low.  

Take a Minute to Breathe
1. Sit or stand in a relaxed position.
2. Slowly inhale through your nose, counting to five in your head.
3. Let the air out from your mouth, counting to eight in your head as it leaves your lungs. Repeat several times. 
Support Level Ground Martial Arts

At Level Ground, urban youth cultivate grit and resilience through Mixed Martial Arts. Level Ground serves our schools and community. 

Level ground is working to open the first free, youth-managed MMA Gym this month. This Athletic, Academic, and job training center will provide free & affordable personal training to all Boston residents, no matter income.

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