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Central Public School Partners with Washington School

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Upper Canada District School Board

Central Public School Partners with Washington School
The staff at Central Public School has partnered with Plummer Elementary School in Washington, DC to participate in a staff wellness challenge running from October 11-December 9, 2011.
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Cornwall - Oct. 7, 2011 - The staff at Central Public School has partnered with Plummer Elementary School in Washington, DC to participate in a staff wellness challenge running from October 11-December 9, 2011.

The challenge, called Mission WIN, is both a collaborative and competitive challenge that is sure to help participants improve their overall well-being, lose weight (if that is a goal), increase fitness levels, and contribute to heightened workplace team spirit, said CPS Principal Kieran Kennedy.

Educational assistant Dayna McLellan-Mines said that last March Break, Kennedy delivered some resources and books to Plummer, and a friendship was formed between the two schools.

“Plummer is a very needy school in Washington, and the staff and students were extremely grateful of the generosity and kindness exhibited by CPS staff, students and parents,” said McLellan-Mines. “This wellness challenge between both staffs was created by the CPS Wellness/Social Committee, and their ensuing invitation was readily accepted by the staff of Plummer.”

There are two different components of Mission WIN that participants can choose to sign up for - the Get Moving Challenge and the Biggest Loser Challenge. The Get Moving Challenge will measure the total moving distance derived from walking, running, biking, swimming, incline skating, or working out on a treadmill or elliptical machine. All participants must record their exact daily mileage totals.

“Staff members will be creating short and long-term goals, as well as accompanying action plans to help them achieve ‘Mission Success,’” said McLellan-Mines.

The Biggest Loser Challenge will measure the percentage of body weight lost. To calculate this, participants will take the total weight lost during the nine weeks and divide that number by their initial starting weight on Oct. 11. Participants must take part in weigh-ins every Monday morning.

“Mission WIN was created to challenge staff participants to champion their wellness by achieving their personal goals in a collaborative context,” said McLellan-Mines. “As an emerging world leader in school wellness, the staff at CPS is highly motivated to win this friendly international competition against Plummer Elementary School while championing healthy living for their student body.”


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