This comprehensive wellness prevention program provides education in resiliency, which includes competence, identity, belonging, physical safety, emotional security, and mission and purpose. The program also provides education in wellness, which includes nutrition, physical activity, body image and relationships. Throughout the resiliency and wellness lessons, the common theme is the promotion of love of self and self-care.
Evidence shows that resilience development is correlated with higher levels of physical health and lower engagement in many unhealthy behaviors. In fact, resilient children and adolescents have positive values and skills in several realms including health and physicality.
When people believe they are worth taking care of, they make better choices for themselves. Self-care enables the development of resilience and the maintenance of wellness patterns for continued, sustainable change.
Pre-adolescence and adolescence are times of great physical and psychological change. These changes can affect the person's wellness beliefs and behaviors. In addition, unbalanced eating, unhealthy exercise, and poor body image have become all too common.
The 8+8 course easily piggybacks with other classes. We have been in PE, Art, and Family and Consumer Science classes, as well as during school club times. The 8+8 curriculum can be taught by any teacher, counselor, nurse or specialist after a morning of training with the BMI staff
Comprehensive Wellness (innovative course) must be taught by a certified teacher since students will receive credit for the class.