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A Nutritionist's Guide to Staying Healthy This Winter

Brought to you by Kara Pachniuk of Nourish + Nosh Nutrition
1. Sleep. Aim for 7-9 hours a night.  Setting bedtime alarms can help prompt you to get to bed earlier.  Staying away from screens and over stimulation will help your body fall asleep easier.  Sleeping is one of the best things you can do to increase immunity and recover quicker if sick.
2. Hydration.  During the winter months our bodies lose more fluid during the day.  Carry a water bottle with you to remind yourself to drink water throughout the day.  Avoid juices and energy drinks that contain a lot of added sugar and could affect sleep. 
3. Proper Nourishment.  Make sure meals are colorful and have variety.  Aim to have vegetables and protein at every meal, or at least 2 meals.  Roast a large tray of vegetables or pre-cut raw vegetables to have on hand for the whole family.  
4. Movement, Sunshine, and Fresh Air.  Bundle up and get outside.  Movement is important for energy, sunshine helps control circadian rhythm, and getting outside may help relieve stress.
5. Hand Washing.  Staying hydrated means more trips to the bathroom.  Added bonus here is more consistent hand washing.  It's one of the best things you can do to protect yourself this winter.
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Wellness Committee Information


Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Please contact Madeline Illinger if you would like to attend or need further

Madeline Illinger
Chairperson of the Westbrook Public Schools Wellness Committee
860-399- 7925

Anyone interested in joining the Wellness Council, please contact Madeline Illinger at 860-399-7925 or email at

Wellness Committee Membership 2019-2020

Patricia Ciccone, Superintendent

Fran Lagace, Director of Special Services, Chair

Lesley Wysocki, Business Manager

Tara Winch, High School Principal

Taylor Wrye, Middle School Principal

Ruth Rose, Elementary School Principal

Allison Carr, High School PE/Health Teacher

Jill Britton, High School Counselor

Sarah Cunningham, High School Counselor

Lori Wallace, High School Administrative Assistant

Tina Bennett, Middle/High School Nurse

Bianca Boccaccio, Elementary School Nurse

Erik Becker, M/HS Family and Consumer Science Teacher

Mary Conway, Food Service Director

Caty Halpin, Athletic Trainer

Tony Sharillo, YMCA Sr. Dir. of Membership, Health/Wellness

Kelly Landino, Parent

Kate Gilstad, Parent

Alyssa Lindquist, Parent, Westbrook Early Childhood Council Chair

Jodi Ouellette, Parent & MS Science Teacher

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