Keeping Your Teen Happy, Healthy & Strong
As parents, we are always trying to find a balance between our responsibilities at work, at home, and with our families. This balancing act is no small feat. To be present for ourselves and our loved ones, we need to be healthy. This means staying focused, being patient, and setting realistic goals. These are the daily practices we hope our teens will mirror in their quest to be fit for life.
We have two programs on our campus with a mission to get your teen UP and MOVING. If you peek through the windows of our gym, you’ll see our students gearing up to sweat it out. Our Physical Education (PE) teachers, Brian Locwin, M.Ed., and John Burke, MS, bring numerous degrees and certifications to the curriculum. By introducing students to the five components of physical fitness and a wide variety of activities, they will surely find something enjoyable. Whether your teen is learning the benefits of static and dynamic warm-ups, participating in team sports, or running fitness circuits, they are learning that fitness is both functional and fun. There is also a concentration on health-related fitness that is relevant to the safety and success within each of our vocational fields.
Although we want our students to be fit, we recognize not everyone is interested in team sports and running fitness circuits. For students who are looking for a quieter, less competitive fitness setting, our alternative health program might speak to them. Interwoven in our PE classes is our Nutrition & Fitness for Life program, which is open to all students who would enjoy and benefit from working out in a smaller group setting. During their scheduled PE day, students have the opportunity to work with our Nutrition Educator and Fitness Specialist, Martha Pellegrino, to assess their current eating habits and fitness levels while developing personal wellness goals that will enhance their self-care, health, and wellness.
Student-Focused Health Care
In partnership with our PE classes and Nutrition & Fitness for Life program, our student’s health and wellness journey is supported by our School Based Health Center staff. For over 20 years, the Milford Regional Medical Center’s School Based Health Center, in our Health Suite, has been collaborating with our school nurses and counselors to treat and prevent medical and behavioral health issues that can interfere with a student’s academic success. Thanks to recent grant funding supported by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services Department of Public Health and our partnership with Milford Regional Medical Center, our students don’t have to travel far for health services. This 10-year renewable grant ensures convenient student-focused health care is available on our campus for years to come. We’re proud of this affiliation and our healthcare team, who provide our students with exceptional care.