Important Wellness Work in Your Schools

The Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017’s pathways include, among others, Pathway F: Wellness-Oriented, Balanced, and Healthy Learners.

In accordance with this pathway, Colchester Middle School will celebrate “Fat Talk Free Week” November 18–22.


Fat Talk Free Week is a five-day activism campaign designed to draw attention to body image issues and the damaging impact of the “thin ideal” on women in society with the goals of inspiring change in the way students think and feel about their bodies; educating students about the damaging impact of pursuing the “ideal” body; and promoting a healthy lifestyle and one that urges individuals to live a balanced life in mind, body, and spirit.

A variety of activities scheduled throughout the week are tailored to address body image issues that address young women and young men alike. For more information about Fat Talk Free Week, please contact CMS at (802) 264-5800 or e-mail guidance counselor Kara Pawlusiak at

A great deal of other work is ongoing in acknowledgment of the strategic plan’s wellness pathway. For example, extensive work with CSD’s school health index is well under way, and every school in the district works hard to incorporate health and wellness-related curriculum and activities into its programming.

CSD’s faculty and staff also make wellness a priority in their lives; dozens of CSD employees have participated in the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Relay, and employees regularly participate in other wellness-related activities, as well.

Team Tasty Kale

Team Tastykale finished second in the Masters Open category in the 100on100 Race in August. Pictured are CHS’s George Deane, Phil Gulizio, Morgan Samler, and Sean MacArdle, along with Danielle Grise, who ran with another team.

CSD’s wellness initiatives even extend into the greater Colchester community; CSD recently offered a successful, comprehensive wellness fair and community harvest dinner that was free and open to the public. And increasing numbers community members have participated in events like the annual Laker Cross-Country Fun Run, the Making Strides event, and the recent student-organized 5K Fun Run to benefit the Colchester Community Food Shelf.

For more information about CSD’s wellness initiatives, please contact Wellness Coordinator Jaycie Puttlitz at, visit the district’s wellness blog, or contact any of your schools!

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