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Performance Improvement Expert Addresses BCSD Staff

On Sept. 8, national performance improvement expert Fred Schafer addressed Baldwinsville Central School District staff members, outlining how they can perform better, live stronger and dream bigger to maximize their potential as well as the potential of Baldwinsville's students.

The district's Wellness Council invited Schafer to speak to energize staff for a new school year, as well as to promote the district's wellness policy. The American Dairy Association and Dairy Council sponsored Schafer's presentation.

The Wellness Council, headed by co-chairs Shannon Cavedine, R.N. and Brian Wright, food service director, developed the district's wellness policy, which the district adopted in 2006. The policy emphasizes creating and maintaining a learning environment that models and encourages healthy eating and physical activity habits to protect students' health, well being and ability to learn.

You can read the policy in its entirety on the district's web site at bville.org.

Schafer's humorous presentation emphasized the importance of setting goals in an individual's professional and personal life rather than drifting through life with no plan for the future. He told staff to "boldly declare their intentions," by writing them down and reviewing them every day, and being sure to include wellness and physical activity in their goals. Schafer's talk focused on how improving one's physical and mental condition results in personal and professional achievement. Staff members can positively model healthy choices for nutrition and physical activity, promoting the connection between health and students' well-being in every area of their lives, including academic performance.

National performance improvement expert Fred Schafer (third from left) addressed the staff of the Baldwinsville Central School District Sept. 8 to energize them for a new school year. He is shown here with (from left) Beth Mahon, a member of the district's Wellness Council, Shannon Cavedine, R. N., Wellness Council co-chair, Florence Selin, a representative from the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, and Brian Wright, food service director and Wellness Council co-chair.

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