Our agency promotes the importance of physical activity to our residents in a variety of ways. Our agency has a variety of outlets on campus that residents can access to get physical activity. On our campus we have an outdoor pool open during warmer months, acres of wooded area for group hiking, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, an outdoor volleyball court, a baseball/softball field, and a quarter mile asphalt circle for bicycle riding and walking. Our agency utilizes these outlets to organize events that promote physical activity and are offered to residents on campus such as basketball and kickball tournaments. We also encourage physical activity across campus by encouraging residents to participate in our all campus field day events. Our agency hosts four separate field days throughout the year: Winter Olympics, Spring Fling, Summer Splash, and Fall Fest. We give residents access to a vast variety of sporting equipment to use as well to promote physical activity engagement. Every day, each cottage has scheduled recreation time. This recreation time is used for a scheduled physical activity that staff engage the clients in. Though scheduled recreation times may fluctuate for each cottage on campus based upon scheduled therapy groups and school, clients get 60 minutes of recreation time on average each day. We will continue to improve our use of recreation time by providing a broader variety of physical activity’s that clients can engage in.
Behind our residential facility lies a certified high and low ropes course, which is another outlet our residents can use to engage in physical activity. Our on staff certified ropes course instructor (Program Manager) schedules team building exercises and opens the high ropes course to our residents to promote wellness during non-school months. The Program Manager also runs two hour groups with resident’s bi-weekly to engage residents in physical activity and incorporate group initiative during non- school months. Residents also are encouraged to participate in our agencies horse program that includes a horse stable on grounds along with a certified horse therapist.
Staff encourage residents to participate on outings off campus that include physical activities such as ice skating, roller skating, swimming, sledding, etc. Residential Program Leaders who are responsible for making the monthly activity calendar are required to plan one outing each month that involves the residents engaging in physical activity.
Our agency follows that USDA certified portion control menu in regard to our nutrition policy in order to ensure that residents are receiving the appropriate nutrition.
Outside groups are encouraged to participate in our wellness policy as well such as local churches and volunteer groups. They are given guidelines when serving food that reflect the USDA certified portion control menu. Outside groups are encouraged to set up activities and engage our youth in physical exercise as they use our campus’s many outlets while they are visiting. We also encourage groups to come in to educate residents on nutrition and teach them culinary skills.
Our agency will assess our wellness policy annually to ensure that we are promoting physical wellness and nutritional education to our residents in accordance with nutritional guidelines. Our nutritional program will be checked monthly to ensure we are serving and portioning food appropriately and in accordance with USDA certified portion control menu guidelines. At our annual meeting to assess our wellness policy we will look at ways to better promote physical activity, and evaluate our nutritional guidelines. The Director of Residential will be in charge of the operation of the following Wellness Policy.