Lakewood High School to Host Engaging with Wellness Event on April 30

LAKEWOOD, Ohio – According to the Global Wellness Institute, the definition of wellness is the active pursuit of activities, choices, and lifestyles that can lead to holistic health.

It was this conversation that led the Lakewood Council of PTAs and Lakewood City Schools to host a wellness day with community partners about ways to improve your overall health and wellness.

Engaging with Wellness 2022 takes place from 9:30 a.m. at 3 p.m. on April 30 in the cafeteria, gymnasium, black box theater and choir hall at Lakewood High School.

“We’re doing it now because it’s relevant,” said Rachel Vuyancih, president of the Lakewood Council of PTAs. “Talking about mental health awareness is more acceptable.

“Seeing how communities, individuals, students and children have all coped with the pandemic, there is an increase in society regarding anxiety, depression and just mental health in general. Free and open to the community, it is aimed more at teenagers than at parents, but everyone is welcome.

Filled with engaging sessions on healthy movement, nutrition, and overall wellness, Engaging with Wellness 2022 includes presentations by Student Wellness Coordinator Merritt F. Waters of Lakewood City Schools and owner of Swap It Healthy and Master Health Coach Maria Hickman, as well as Ebb & Flow Counseling and Rachel Wagoner and Erin Schweibold of Wellness Studio.

Representatives from the Cleveland Clinic, the Lakewood Beck Center and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will also be present.

“We have an intervention specialist in the district who talks about guided meditation and breathing,” Vuyancih said. “We have another wellbeing coordinator who will explain how to deal with student anxiety and how families and schools can work together.

“Schools are there to help. Some people are afraid to let them into their world, but they have resources. That’s why we are coordinating with the school district in this new adventure.

The impetus for Engaging with Wellness came to Vuyancih after she recently participated in a mindfulness course.

“I thought, my God, this is so necessary,” Vuyancih said. “I hadn’t realized how much I really needed to take a step back and learn to breathe. So he just transformed and transformed into this.

“Everyone seems very excited. Many of our speakers speak for free. They give of their time because they believed in it so much.

Although there was originally talk of making Engaging with Wellness an annual affair, outgoing PTA board chairman Vuyancih said no formal decision has been made.

“I don’t know if there will be enough volunteers next year; although I proposed, then we will see,” Vuyancih said. “I would love to build on that and get bigger and better every year.”

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