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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 sleeping 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 the 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 a week each school year to drug and alcohol education.  We believe that the success of this week depends on the school, parents and students working in concert to make the most of this prevention program.

FISH (Faculty Interest in Student Health) is designed to provide non-disciplinary support to all members of the school community.  This group is comprised of six student-elected faculty members whose role is to assist students, and in some cases families, with wellness related questions or concerns.  Referral, support, and guidance will be given to any individual who seeks help or is referred to the committee 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, who is also an active member of FISH.  

 
 


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

Berwick Academy is Maine's oldest, independent Pre-K through Post Graduate private school. Our community is dynamic, offering challenging academics, competitive athletics, and creative arts programs. Members of the community operate within a context of caring and respect as we pursue our quest for "useful knowledge" as "one school with three divisions." Students and faculty are encouraged to expand their horizons by balancing academics with athletic, dramatic, and musical options.