Monday, November 27, 2017

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness ... 

is a mental state achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting your feelings and thoughts.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Sleep - No Stress

Technology and Mindfulness 

Thank you to our school psychologist Andrew Nalepa, Phd, for this contribution:

“It may seem like you are experiencing higher levels of stress than ever before, but you have a network of support at Skyline to help you in developing effective coping skills.  One step is to increase your awareness of mindfulness and mindful practices – which can be a useful response to a variety of emotional wellness needs.  There are many different ways to incorporate mindful practices into your everyday life to combat stress; however, it’s crucial to make time in your daily routine.  

Regular practice will increase your success, and help you find the right ‘fit’. “

Smartphone applications are a popular way to explore mindfulness in a guided way, including: 

Stop, Breathe, Think
Take a Break!
Grow:  Mindfulness for Teens
Smiling Minds
Take a Chill

Using technology for mindfulness may seem contradictory at times, but these apps will likely be most effective with regular digital breaks- the key is finding balance! 

Try one and let us know what you think!

Live Well | Think Well | SkyWell

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every year SkyWell brings awareness and attention to a serious disease, breast cancer.  There are many Think Pink events in our community this month and we encourage all students to get involved to support breast cancer education and research. Cancer prevention means more physical activity, consuming a diet with fresh produce, maintaining a healthy weight, and seeking out preventive screening exams when appropriate.

This year, the SkyWell Board in the commons also highlights another danger for cancer risk - tobacco use and e-cigarettes. Please see our display!

Join us for SkyWell Club every Monday !

Live Well | Think Well | SkyWell

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

SkyWell Mission File due Feb 21, 2018 in the Commons

Please check out www.a2SkyWell,
to print off the Mission File and Form #1,
plus the Four Question Strategy.
Good luck

Today we will use the ScienceDaily website to get some ideas in wellness.
SkyWell Expo Feb 21, 2018
Your final team poster will look like the example on display in Williams.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Welcome Back from SkyWell

Dear Skyline students, welcome back!

SkyWell is ready to support a culture of wellness at Skyline this year with really fun and creative campaigns about fitness, sleep and stress, and driving safety, and more topics of interest to our student body. If you would like to participate, please join the SkyWell Club - we meet every Monday (beginning September 18) at 3:00 in the HM Magnet room on the 4th floor. Every student interested in health and personal wellness is welcome to join us.

See you there!

Live Well | Think Well | SkyWell

Monday, April 3, 2017

Visiting Exhibit - The Art and Science of Healing

Visit the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

After living in Ann Arbor for most of my life, I wondered why I had not spent more time in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan after a recent visit. If you stay in town for Spring Break 2017, seeing this new exhibit: The Art and Science of Healing – From Antiquity to the Renaissance is definitely worth the time. 

The exhibit focuses on socio-cultural issues related to maintaining good health in Roman times, and features many images and collections for preventing illness and disease. When in need of a cure, Romans resorted to doctors and to the gods.

Family Day is Saturday, April 8 and the exhibit will be on campus until April 30, 2017. 

In addition to this special exhibit, The Kelsey Museum highlights artifacts and university-sponsored archaeological excavations in the Mediterranean and Near Eastern regions, primarily from Egypt and Iraq in the 1920s and 1930s. Today, the Museum still sponsors field projects in countries around the Mediterranean (although the artifacts recovered in those excavations now all remain in their countries of origin), and it plays a vital role in undergraduate and graduate teaching and research.*

*from the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology website,

Friday, March 10, 2017

March is National Nutrition Month

Learn More about the New Nutrition Fact Label

While combing the grocery store aisles for healthy selections, I notice more and more shoppers are deliberately reading labels before making their food purchases.

Remember when polyester clothing was popular? Polyester is a synthetic polymer made of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) or dimethyl ester dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) and monoethylene glycol (MEG). It is actually a form of plastic, and DuPont Corporation bought the rights to manufacture it in the U.S. in the 1950s. It spurred on generations of families who began to read clothing labels more conscientiously because they wanted more natural fabrics.

Nutrition Fact Label reading, as it turns out, has followed the same path. For individuals who like natural, whole foods rather than highly processed ingredients, it’s important to know what to look for and where the hidden messages may be. Here are some tips that I recently learned from our partners at Eastern Michigan University’s Dietetics & Human Nutrition Programs, (thank you to Sandra Pernecky, MS, RDN, Co- Director):
  • Begin with the Serving Size and Total Calories so that you know how to compare with other product labels;
  • When looking at sugar on the label, aim for 10% or less of your calories from added sugars;
  • Below is the look of the "new food label" that larger manufacturers will start using in July 2018. The new label reflects updated information from nutrition science-based evidence.  It's interesting to see the changes based on where American diets are lacking ~ vitamin D and potassium are now required, and vitamin C and vitamin A have been removed (as we seem to be doing well enough in our intake of these nutrients).

You can find important nutrition information this month on the SkyWell Bulletin Board,
messages brought to you by Project Healthy Schools.

Live Well | Think Well | SkyWell

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Campaign on Driving Safety

DRIVE Well - SkyWell

SkyWell is pleased to announce the award of a $1000 grant from the State of Michigan’s Office of Highway Safety Planning to implement an education campaign to improve student driving safety, called DRIVE Well – SkyWell. The collaboration joins together resources from Strive For a Safer Drive/Ford Motor Company and Think First, a community awareness program sponsored by the St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Level 1 Trauma Center. The campaign will raise awareness about three important issues relevant to the Skyline community – distracted driving, driving speed on campus, and driving skills and pedestrian safety in the three roundabouts on Maple Road.

Stay tuned for more details about DRIVE Well - SkyWell.

Watch your social media links and the SkyWell Communications Board for details on how to be involved in this important campaign.