The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated the need for schools to consider student’s physical, mental, and social-emotional health above all else. Student and staff have been affected mentally, physically, socially and emotionally due to the abrupt interruption of their daily lives. They have had to adjust to a new normal, and many are managing complex emotions such anxiety, fear, loneliness, and grief. The health.moves.minds. Program has lessons that provide students to begin taking ownership of their own health and wellness. Teachings students these real life skills now will not only help them cope with the effects and potential trauma of this pandemic but also have a positive impact on their physical and mental health for years to come. Health.moves.minds. provides free “school-wide curricular strategies” for in-school, hybrid or distance learning environments addressing social and emotional learning (SEL) and creating a trauma-sensitive learning environment.
In 2019 SHAPE America launched a new service-learning program designed to help teach all children how to cope with stress, bullying, and the societal pressures that can negatively affect their daily lives. In addition to education and service, this new program, called health. moves. minds., can also be used to raise funds for your school’s health and physical education program and initiatives.