The Pequot Lakes School District put into action a health and wellness committee at the start of this year and kicked off the program with an all-staff professional development day on Feb. 18.

The goals of the event supported employees by offering professional development opportunities that focused on overall well-being; mind, body and spirit; and offered resources available in our community to foster living healthy lifestyles.

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The focus on health and wellness is for all employees. Albeit more of a behind-the-scenes platform, the committee feels strongly that the best opportunities for the students, families and community members we serve is to first take care of our employees through outreach in a safe and collaborative work environment.

We believe our district is on the verge of something good that has the potential to be great with the support of community partners - Crow Wing Energized, Sourcewell, and Resource Training & Solutions.

On behalf of the Pequot Lakes School District Health & Wellness Committee, thank you for the encouragement. We look forward to ongoing efforts and contributions from the Patriot Health & Wellness Committee and expect the program to evolve year after year.