So What Else believes in the power of teaching kids how to live a healthier life. Our health and wellness curricula actively engage students in meaningful lessons and dialogue on nutrition and cooking, fitness and movement, yoga, and dance, and overall wellness.
Taste and Move
Our Taste and Move curriculum is a combination of hands on healthy cooking lessons, nutrition education, fitness, and games to keep our students moving. The program also teaches what we like to call GREEN eating or sustainable diets. The curriculum takes our students on a journey from farm to table. Students explore the story of their food and the power of the food choices they make. Students learn healthy alternatives to their favorite foods, organic food versus conventional foods, and the benefits of locally sourced food system vs. the industrial food system. Students also gain the valuable experience of gardening and producing their own vegetables as well as hands on cooking education. Through learning to cook healthy and easy recipes, youth gain basic cooking skills that they can apply to their home life. The program also provides basic nutrition education, like the power of protein, how to read a food label, and the dangers of processed sugary foods.
The curriculum also dedicates time each class to MOVE! Our students are exposed to unique forms of fitness, like yoga and martial arts, as well as fun games that keep them moving for at least 30 minutes of the class. Childhood obesity and early onset diabetes are a epidemic in our country. Taste and Move encourages students to make healthier choices and take control of their health at an early age.
So What Else’s Olympiad program is designed to promote healthy activity and exercise in youth. Our curriculum provides access to fun fitness sports and games, in Olympic competition form, keeping students moving and engaged in physical activity for at least 50 minutes per session. The Olympiad format is set up as a series of team games, challenges and individual events. Each session begins with a “theme of the day”, like sportsmanship and respect, which is revisited during games and activities and reflected upon at the conclusion of the session. Throughout this course students are exposed to new forms of exercise and wellness practices like yoga, meditation, strength conditioning and basic nutritional education. Integrity and positivity are encouraged and rewarded throughout the semester.
Yoga and Wellness
Through various introspective and extrospective practices, our Integrative Wellness Program teaches students how to connect with their True Selves. Curriculum activities are designed to inspire children to live a more purposeful and healthy life. Students are introduced to beginners yoga and meditation in an interactive and creative classroom setting. Program activities encourage students to care for their body, mind and spirit and enables youth to grow emotionally and physically.