• Heath Wellness  

    Welcome to Fit for Life 
    Wellness is more than what you eat. It's about becoming aware of the choices you make each and every day that positively affect your body, mind, and spirit. Our blog is rich in health and wellness resources, like fitness, nutrition, mindfulness, and lifestyle topics that will inspire you to think differently, live fully, and be fit for life.

    Your partners in health,
    The Fit for Life Team



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    If there are any topics you'd like us
    to cover on our Fit for Life blog or
    if you have any health and wellness
    questions, please feel free to reach out to:

    Martha Pellegrino
    Nutrition Educator/Fitness Specialist
    mpellegr@valleytech.k12.ma.us

  • Not Feeling Well? You Could Be Wilting!

    Posted by The Fit for Life Team on 8/2/2023

    Wilting Sunflower

    We’re Making Hydration a Healthy Habit

    As your teen transitions into their back-to-school routines, they may eat and drink less frequently than they did during the summer. Like plants, they need ‘water’ to grow and thrive. Without it, they can feel droopy and tired, have trouble concentrating, and become dehydrated. 

    We could all benefit from drinking more water throughout the day. Our nutrition educator, school nurses, and physical education teachers encourage your teen to use an environmentally friendly water bottle throughout the day to help make hydration a healthy habit. If they don’t care for the taste of plain water, have them try unsweetened flavored waters or add a slice of lemon, lime, or cucumber to their water bottle. Did you know that free filtered water is available to your teen in many locations throughout our building? It’s in our hallways and cafeteria, outside our gyms, and all school meals include milk or juice, which also increases their fluid intake.  

    It’s important for your teen to pay attention to their body’s hydration status and drink enough fluid throughout the day to maintain a healthy balance. If they don’t drink enough water or lose fluids when playing sports and don’t replenish with water, your teen may experience thirst, dizziness, headaches, tiredness, lack of concentration, and pain when urinating (UTIs), which are all common signs of dehydration.

    Water makes up two-thirds of our body. It supports every system in our bodies and helps to regulate body temperature, keeps the joints lubricated, prevents infections, and carries nutrients to all the cells in the body. 

    Additional benefits of drinking water:
    • Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
    • Reduces fatigue and improves energy levels
    • Moisturizes the skin and reduces acne
    • Supports healthy eyes, hair, and bones
    • Fights bad breath
    • Improves your mood and sleep
    • Prevents headaches
    • Aids in digestion and removes toxins
    • Increases your metabolism
    • Improves brain function
    • Boosts the immune system   

    So, please join us in making hydration a healthy habit in the school year ahead. Keep encouraging your teen to refill their reusable water bottles, increase their fluid intake when the weather is hot, and monitor their hydration status. No one wants a wilting teen.

     



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  • Fit for Life

    Posted by The Fit for Life Team on 11/8/2022

    Fit for Life

    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. 



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