•  Patriot student Michael Axt is our wellness success story! He has made great strides in wellness and fitness and continues to strive for wellness and fitness even during e-learning and Covid-19 safer at home policies. 


    1)    Before participating in Mr. Newman's strength and conditioning class, how often did you workout?

    a.    Before I started the class, I practically never worked out. I was very skinny, and even though I hated looking that way, I never had enough motivation to stick to a workout/diet plan. So, once I joined your class I didn't really have a choice. My options were, do nothing for an hour and fail the class, or just say screw it and give weight lifting a shot. 


    2)    Did this class inspire you to workout more?

    a.    Yes, the class inspired me to workout more. Once I started, I began feeling better all-around and more mentally sharp throughout the day.


    3)    In regards to your knowledge of weight training before this class, how would you rank your increase in knowledge through this class (on a scale of 1 not at all - 10 greatly improved)? 

    a.    I would say that I’m at a 7 right now. I knew a little bit about weight training maybe from YouTube videos, but I never really put it into action. I’m eager to learn more and continue to improve.


    4)    What were your favorite exercises?

    a.    My favorite weight training exercise was definitely bench press. It's a fundamental exercise that was easy to learn and I saw the most improvement with it. I also liked the reverse barbell curl.


    5)    How has this class influenced you during the corona pandemic? 

    a.    Now that I don't have access to a weight room because of the pandemic, I've taken some interest in calisthenics and using my body as my equipment. My favorite is probably the V-shaped push up, which builds the shoulders.


    6)    What changes have you noticed the most since participating in this class? 

    a.    I've noticed that I have less hesitation and anxiety when it comes to taking action. I'm able to just do a task with little thought. I guess, my self-confidence has improved as well.

    b.    I have increased my weight from roughly 130 pounds to 150 pounds, and it’s all lean, muscle mass. With proper nutrition and dedication, I got to this point. I've added cardio to my workout, so I can stay as lean as possible.

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PHS Health and Wellness Updates

  • PHS is working towards a healthier community, starting with our students! Our Strength and Conditioning Class has been a huge success with students. They are introduced to proper lifting technique, program design, progressive overload and basic anatomy/physiology while tracking and monitoring their progress.

     We now have our “Bison Wall of Fame”, where we list our top ten boys and top ten girls in Bench Press, Squat and Deadlift. The Wall of Fame has created a friendly competition between students. With the purchase of new equipment small and large the students can now take part in an activity they can do for the rest of their lives.

     In our Health Class we are discussing current topics such as Heart Disease (the number one killer of men and women in America), Smoking vs. Vaping and the current epidemic of Childhood Diabetes and Childhood Obesity. Also, through our Edgenuity curriculum we cover topics such as, Mental and Emotional Health, Personal Health Skills, Environmental Health, Nutrition, Tobacco, Drugs and Alcohol.

     The pictures below are just a few items we have been able to utilize in Health and Physical Education.

    1 pound of Fat, 1 pound of mucle
    1 pound of muscle versus 1 pound of fat
    Diseased Kidney
    Diseased Kidney
    The Liver
    The Liver
    Anatomy of Human Skin
    Anatomy of Human Skin
    Human Skull
    The Human Skull
    3D Anatomy Guy
    3D Anatomy Guy
    HUman Heart
    The Human Heart

Wellness Policy Overview

  • District 49's wellness policy and supporting guidelines focus on improving the health of students. Anyone interested in serving on the districtwide wellness advisory council should email wellness@d49.org for additional information.

    A sample of the Curriculum Food Request Form is available here

    Nutrition for classroom parties, celebrations, rewards & fundraisers:

    • All food items must be store-bought with the nutrition information showing that the product is 100 calories or less, 0 grams of trans fat.
    • No candy or sodas are allowed.
    • Birthday celebrations with treats must follow the  Wellness Policy Guidelines.
    • Fresh fruits and vegetables are excluded from calorie and sugar limits.
    • Food prepared in a private home may not be served at school to students because knowledge of ingredients, sanitation, preparation, and temperature of food in storage or transit is not available, nor can quality and sanitation standards be controlled.
    • Fundraiser guidelines may also be found in the Wellness Policy Guidelines.

    Healthy Snack Ideas Under 100 Calories

    Non-Food Celebration Ideas

    Cascadian Farm Kid-Sized Oatmeal Raisin Bar

    Smencils (smell good pencils)

    Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Goldfish 100 Calorie Pack

    Glow Sticks

    Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt Popcorn 


    6” Banana decorated with Sharpie and/or stickers


    Stretch Island Fruit Leather


    Applesauce on the Go 

    Post-its in fun shapes

    Fruit cups in 100% juice


    Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps

    Stress balls

    Minute Maid Kids + Minis 100% Juice Box

    Seeds for planting 

    Trader Joe’s Apple + Banana Fruit Bar

    Lead a Dance Break


    Our commitment to physical activity:

    • Physical education is provided in elementary, middle, and high school.
    • Strenuous physical activity is not used (e.g. running laps, pushups) as punishment.
    • Generally, students should not be required to “sit out” any part of recess as punishment unless there is a safety concern.
    • Elementary school students will have a minimum of 30-minutes daily of physical activity. Recess for 1⁄2 day Kindergarten will be determined at those individual buildings. 
      • Physical activity can include recess, physical education classes, fitness breaks, active classroom activities, exercise programs, or active field trips.