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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 Membership

Kristina Martineau, Superintendent

Fran Lagace, Director of Special Services, Chair

Ann Burke, Business Manager

Annie Trotta, Director of Food Services

Tara Winch, High School Principal

Ruth Rose, Elementary School Principal

TBD, High School PE/Health Teacher

Jill Britton, High School Counselor

Lori Landry, Registered Nurse

Caitlin Bialek, LPN

Erik Becker, Family and Consumer Science Teacher

Tony Sharillo, YMCA Member

Kelly Landino, Parent

Jodi Ouellette, Parent & MS Science Teacher

Wellness Committee Information


Please contact Fran Lagace if you would like to attend or need further

Fran Lagace
Chairperson of the Westbrook Public Schools Wellness Committee
860-399- 7925

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