Columbia High School hosted its annual Health Awareness Week for students last week, offering a variety of presentations on topics such as mental health, wellness and positive decision making. Columbia counselors as well as special guests led the informative presentations in the school auditorium during regular Physical Education classes.
“This year’s Health Awareness Week was so vital to all students that attended,” said Columbia Health Teacher Chris LeGare. “The variety of topics covered during the week truly provided many ways for all students to make a positive connection to their own personal health. This year it was nice to have students back in the seats of the auditorium interacting with the guest speakers. We as a staff felt the students benefited greatly!”
Health Awareness Week sessions included:
- It’s Real: Teen Mental Health – Alyssa Evans, Lois Rondeau and Tara Smades
- Wellness as a Lifestyle – Brian Pickard
- Fentanyl and Contaminated Substances – Jesse Chapman
- Stop DWI – Michael DiNard and Deputy P.J. Milano
- Safety and Decision Making – FBI Special Agents
- Personal Motivation – Jason Spector
Health Awareness Week is a joint effort between Chris LeGare (Health Education), Alyssa Evans (Student Assistance Program), the Physical Education Department, and Tom Libardi (Wellness Coordinator).