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Health & Nutrition Pillar

The Wellness Center offers a top-flight nursing facility for students that utilizes the many talents of the School’s nurse. Improved areas for rest and recovery from concussions and/or migraines allows students to recover in a supportive and supervised space. In addition to existing coursework on nutrition in all three divisions, the School has built age-appropriate programming that will both engage students and employees and inform the community about cutting edge research and healthy, mindful eating.  Additionally, a new Wellness learning lab, which includes a test kitchen, permits students to engage in meaningful, hands-on ways with our nutrition curriculum, guiding them to build their skill-set and interest in healthy food preparation.

Health & Nutrition Programming

Berwick Academy’s Health Education program spans grades Pre-K through 9 and focuses on health topics most pertinent to each grade level. Within the Lower School, Health Education is coupled with both the Physical Education Program and Social Emotional Learning Program (SEL) so that students begin to understand the connection between the mind and body. Middle School students experience specific trimester units of health education in Grades 5, 6, and 7 while incoming Grade 9 students participate in an interactive health education trimester class that focuses on relevant adolescent health issues as well as academic skill building.  
Nutritional consultation services are available to students in all three division throughout the school year. Nutritional information is woven throughout Berwick Academy’s Health Education curriculum. The Lower School utilizes ChooseMyPlate.gov to assist students in understanding the importance of various food groups and portion size. In both the Middle and Upper School conversations about healthy nutrition are linked to physical well-being and academic and athletic performance.      

SAGE Dining Services provide another source of nutrition education.  The daily choices offered at lunch can be viewed by parents and students in the myBERWICK site.  These choices are categorized by a color coded dot system, intended to help guide healthy choices.  SAGE sources food items from local farms whenever possible. The yearly Eat Here or Eat Near event includes information about organic, hormone free and sustainable foods.  SAGE also offers Educational Seasonings programs to introduce Berwick diners to new cuisines, flavors and foods.

The school nurse provides ongoing supportive physical and emotional care to students during their school day.  She works collaboratively with students, families and faculty to enhance the educational process by identifying and addressing health barriers to learning.  The school nurse assists in monitoring chronic medical problems as well as identifying and providing support during short term illnesses. She serves as a medical resource for students, parents, faculty and staff, and supports the development of self care strategies in students.

At Berwick Academy, the
athletic trainer serves as a faculty member within the Athletics Department. The athletic trainer is the link between the athlete, the parent, the coach and the medical community. The athletic training facility is situated between the gym and the field house. Various modalities, such as an ultrasound machine, a whirlpool, a hydrocollator, and an ice machine are used in the treatment of athletic injuries. At Berwick, we value the importance of concussion management and IMPACT testing (computerized concussion evaluation system) for all of our athletes. The athletic trainer and the school nurse, in conjunction with teachers, advisers, and coaches, maintain a robust program and protocol for students who experience concussions.

Berwick Academy has had an affiliation with Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) for the many years and has dedicated time each school year to drug and alcohol education in addition to what is covered in Wellness classes.  We believe that the success of this week depends on the school, parents and students coming together to participate in this prevention program.

FISH (Faculty Interest in Student Health) is designed to provide non-disciplinary support to all members of the school community. Referral, support, and guidance will be given to any individual who seeks help or is referred to a faculty member with a wellness concern (i.e. substance abuse, eating disorders, social media, promiscuity, self-harm, etc). Parents or students with questions should call the school counselor.

Concerned students, faculty, and family members can make referrals by obtaining a referral form. Referrals can be made anonymously, but with the option to include your name and should be given to the school counselor or another trusted faculty member. Faculty and parents are strongly encouraged to utilize FISH before student behaviors result in disciplinary action.


Serving Maine, The Seacoast of New Hampshire, and the North Shore of Massachusetts

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves.  Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.