LEMS teaches healthy living at Family

Story and photo by Sharon Emerling
LEMS Public Affairs

Hundreds of parents, students,  teachers, administrators and community leaders joined together Jan. 29 at Landstuhl Elementary/Middle School for the very first Family Wellness Night.

Attendees joined the Wellness Committee for what was deemed a

successful evening of healthy education.

Among the evening’s activities were relays, games, Yoga, Irish dancing, informational activities on choosing healthy snacks and breakfast ideas and BMI screenings, among many others.

“We as a society have an obligation to provide as healthy an atmosphere as we can for our kids,” said physical education teacher Sandy Mercha. “We wanted to present a variety of venues for parents, coaches and other adults to use to promote not only physical health, but mental, emotional and spiritual health as well. That’s why we involved so many experts from our community.”

Students and parents were astonished at the variety of things that fall into the category of wellness. 

“It just didn’t occur to me that cup stacking was actually part of a healthy day. But trying it, I see that it really is a way of blocking out all the pressures of the day for a few minutes, and it’s kind of relaxing. And that sure is healthy,” said one mother during the event.

At the end of the night, exhausted students and parents waited while loads of door prizes were given away. Everyone had a smile on their face and came away with a load of information on living a little better.

Family Wellness Night was made possible with support from the LEMS Parent/Teacher Student Association, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center dietitians, CHPPM_EUR Health Promotions and Wellness, Landstuhl Community Youth Services and the Army Wellness Center, among other organizations.