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The OEA Choice Trust blog is one more way for us to connect with school employees! Once or twice a month the blog will be updated with a new post featuring the latest in the science of well-being. Guest writers from other health and well-being organizations will also be invited to share their expertise. Please check back monthly or sign up for announcements from the Trust to be notified about new posts!

Spring 2021 School Employee Wellness Grants

Spring 2021 School Employee Wellness Grants

OEA Choice Trust is excited to announce another spring School Employee Wellness (SEW) Grant opportunity! School Employee Wellness Grants can help eligible K-12 districts, ESDs and community colleges to grow, develop and sustain employee wellness programs. Is it...

Healthy Eating: What does it mean to you?

Healthy Eating: What does it mean to you?

This post was written by guest bloggers Crista Hawkins, RDN and Erin Hirte, RDN of Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council and Jennifer Young, MPH, EdD, RDN of Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs.   We all come to the table with our own traditions,...

Humor and Well-being

Humor and Well-being

As the saying goes, “Laughter is the best medicine,” but does humor really improve well-being? The short answer is yes, humor can positively impact our physical and emotional well-being.   The Benefits of Humor Laughter can have many benefits on our everyday...

Music Improves Staff Well-being, Student Performance

Music Improves Staff Well-being, Student Performance

*Note: This post was written with assistance from psychologist and research scientist Dr. B Grace Bullock. Some days, all we need is peace and quiet. Other times, music can be a very helpful tool for boosting our well-being. Music can positively affect our emotional...

Gut Health and Probiotics

Gut Health and Probiotics

Many of us celebrate the upcoming holidays with food, and shared meals are a wonderful way to improve social and emotional well-being and build a sense of community. During these celebrations, it’s not uncommon to indulge a little more than normal. Keep reading for...

Gathering Data to Inform Your Wellness Program

Gathering Data to Inform Your Wellness Program

When creating a School Employee Wellness (SEW) program, it’s important to survey all staff before diving into program planning! Employee engagement is key to a successful wellness program. One of the best ways to get continued engagement from staff is to tailor the...

Building Resiliency in the Workforce

Building Resiliency in the Workforce

This blog post was written by Asta Garmon, OEA Choice Trust’s School Employee Wellness (SEW) Program Manager. The SEW Grant program is one way OEA Choice Trust serves public school employees in Oregon.   School Employee Well-being and Resilience Here at OEA...

Healthy Fun in the Sun – Sunscreen and Vitamin D

Healthy Fun in the Sun – Sunscreen and Vitamin D

Summer is here, and with it comes fun activities like days in the park, stand up paddle boarding, floating in the river, camping and barbecues! It’s important to use sunscreen consistently while playing outside. Sunscreen protects your skin, the body’s largest organ,...