6. Lifestyle, Health & Nutrition:
HGEC is committed to supporting and modeling a healthy and holistic lifestyle for our community. We want to enhance conditions that are optimal for a compassionate learning environment.
In 2024, we have added 30 min. of Physical Education opportunity each day. Exercise is shown to improve physical and mental states.
Additionally, we want to support nutrition that helps people feel their best during the day. Balanced foods (protein, carbs and fats) that support sustained energy are encouraged. HGEC is willing to work with each family (or collaborate with multiple families) should support be needed. We want to alleviate the burden of the morning lunch packing with creatively thinking of options with parents and youth members.
Folks are empowered to tend to the needs of their body's rhythm here, including following their own eating schedule. Some folks do better with smaller meals throughout the day and others prefer 3-meals a day routine.
A space to rest is available on the 2nd floor, if night sleep is impacting active presence. Please encourage your child to ask to use this space should they feel a need. We will do the same here if we observe exhaustion.
Finally, we encourage folks to take random "Well Days" off, as the weather, mood and family conditions allow. If you have the flexibility to go play, please let us know and go for it. (We'd request special consideration for times where others are dependent on individual participation, such as Theater once roles have been identified).