Teachers in the School District of Palm Beach County now have a comprehensive online K-12 resource that makes it easy to teach good health habits to students.

The curriculum addresses knowledge, attitudes and skills development and provides opportunities for students to practice behaviors that promote lifelong health.

Miami Children’s Hospital has provided sponsorship for the program, HealthTeacher, to be made available to all Palm Beach County teachers until 2015.

The program is accessible at HealthTeacher.com and 153 schools with about 710 users have accessed the site. The school district says it would like all students and educators to take advantage of the resource.

The program is designed so all teachers can infuse health lessons into their daily activities. It includes deep breathing lessons that are especially helpful in times of FCAT prep. 

The lessons help students focus, concentrate and cooperate in the classroom and involve two 15-minute sessions and then the interactive Web app can be used daily to cultivate a practice of relaxation.  Practicing relaxation techniques benefit the body physically, emotionally and mentally.

The schools include Sunrise Park  Elementary, which has taught all its students the deep breathing lesson and will now make the app part of its morning announcements.

“This is a great tool for teachers and students. We believe that wellness includes not only a healthy body but also a healthy mind.  This translates into better performance both academically and physically,” said Stacey Lazos, Health Education coordinator.

For more information, contact Stacey Lazos at 561-827-7535 or  stacey@healthteacher.com