Middle school and high school students from the Centennial School District and other Twin Cities districts gathered at Centennial Middle School to learn Change to Chill techniques that teachers can incorporate into their classes. Videos were taken this day and will soon be added to the Change to Chill website.
[Quad News, Sept. 13, 2016] With school back in session, many middle school and high school students stress levels are quickly on the rise as they try to balance academics, friends and family, sports and other after-school activities.
The Allina Health Change to Chill program, a free online program, aims to help teens (and adults alike) to manage their stress in a healthy way. Every three years, Allina Health completes a community needs assessment to determine what issue is the top area of concern. The most recent survey found that the top area of concern was mental health.
“There was a real gap for any resources for teenagers on mental health and mental well-being. It (Change to Chill) is designed to be a prevention-based program to work on mindfulness, resiliency, guided imagery, meditation, yoga …” said Allina Health’s Manager of Health Improvement Susan Nygaard. “Teens can learn how stress is physiologically impacting their bodies, and they can learn strategies and techniques that they are able to apply when they are under stress.” Click to continue reading.