MVHS Wellness Week program focuses on year-round health

Photos Courtesy of Laura Norris
Mountain View High student Rachel Blockhus, left, cuddles with a rabbit, and students play ball, above, during the Spartans PAUSE Wellness Week before the finals.

The Spartans PAUSE program at Mountain View High School aims to help students relax during the week before their finals.

Spartans PAUSE, whose motto is “PAUSE and Take Time for Yourself,” features a week of wellness activities designed to help students de-stress before taking their final exams. The program is funded by the PTSA and run by parent volunteers.

Rather than continuing to offer Wellness Week activities twice a year before finals, the Spartans PAUSE team plans to expand the program to a monthly experience next year, encouraging students to relax on a regular basis.

During Wellness Week, parents greet students early each morning with nutritious snacks and organize two or three activities students can participate in at lunchtime, including music in the quad, giant bubbles, yoga, therapy dogs, chair massages, making friendship bracelets, decorating cookies, farm animals and writing notes to those in need.

“Being mindful about wellness is a lifelong skill,” said Laura Norris, PAUSE co-chairwoman. “Having high schoolers create healthy habits now will serve them throughout their lives. We hope students can be proactive about their wellness, learn the skills to help themselves and know they can ask for support if they need it.”

Through Spartans PAUSE, a representative said, the team hopes to create a more caring school climate where students feel connected, select inclusive activities in which all students can participate and empower students to make positive changes.

In April, the student-run Teen Wellness Committee, supported by the Children’s Health Council, organized a student panel and invited students from Los Altos and Mountain View high schools to discuss how to help a friend who might be struggling.

According to student services coordinator Huong Vo, the student panel provided a safe place to share and aimed to remove the stigma surrounding mental health.

“The MVHS administration is grateful for all the time and support that the PTSA has provided for our students,” Vo said.

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