HealthCorps and ASTEC Charter Schools to Host a Faculty and Staff Day of Wellness

Posted 01/23/2019 | By HealthCorps


Media Contact: Karen Johnson
(703) 362-7582

HOUSTON, Texas (January 25, 2019) — HealthCorps, a national non-profit organization, founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and devoted to making students healthier, will apply its innovative curriculum to teacher health and wellness on January 25 at ASTEC Charter Schools in Oklahoma City.

The program will take place at ASTEC Charter Schools’ campus located at 2401 NW 23rd Street and will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The program was developed at the request of Dr. Freda Deskin, ASTEC’s CEO and Founder.  “The health and wellness of ASTEC’s faculty and staff is vital to the student learning and achievement,” said Deskin.  “HealthCorps was a part of our school community from 2012 to 2016, so we are very familiar with the quality of their material and research behind it. At ASTEC we put a high value on our faculty and staff, it is a pleasure to provide them with a day of wellness education.”

“We believe this event is the first of its kind in Oklahoma, and we couldn’t think of a better place than ASTEC Charter Schools to serve as a model for faculty and staff wellness.  HealthCorps works every day bringing physical and mental resilience programming to youth, but this is our chance to impact the school community and directly fuel adults who can create environments that will also empower youth to take control of their own health and well-being. With a focus on the important role of mental resilience and mindset, wellness rookies and experts alike will leave motivated and inspired,” said HealthCorps University director and program specialist Maegan Lewis.

Interactive sessions tailored for ASTEC’s faculty and staff will include Stress Busting Strategies; Mindful Eating; and Goal Setting and Staff Wellness Challenges.  Keynote remarks will be delivered by Kristin Thomas, Senior Vice President for Public Relations at Continental Resources.  Ms. Thomas was instrumental in establishing the HealthCorps program at ASTEC Charter Schools in 2012.

Program sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:45 p.m.  The media is invited to speak with Dr. Deskin and with HealthCorps President, Michelle Bouchard prior to the event and ASTEC faculty and HealthCorps staff the day of the event.

About HealthCorps

HealthCorps is a national non-profit organization, founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, devoted to strengthening communities by highlighting innovative approaches to health and wellness to build resilience in America’s youth.
Since our inception in 2003, we have continued to discover and share tools relevant to youth in the context of a dramatically changing educational, social, political, and media landscape discovered through our work and research in many of America’s most challenging high schools.

About HealthCorps University

HealthCorps University hosts programming that addresses personal, professional, and community well-being beyond the everyday work done at sites across the nation. This includes wellness events as well as a certificate training program for educators and organizations that want to learn how they can implement HealthCorps curriculum.

About ASTEC Charter Schools

The Advanced Science and Technology Education Charter (ASTEC) Schools became Oklahoma’s first start-up charter school in 2000, founded by Dr. Freda Deskin.  The school began with just 100 middle school student scholars and quickly grew to include a high school with a combined enrollment of more than 950 scholars, plus a waiting list of several hundred.
​ASTEC is a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) schools in which student scholars have technology as a core subject every day in engaging classrooms where the liberal arts are fully integrated. In addition to these core subjects, ASTEC values character, manners, proper etiquette, social and cultural awareness, a strong work ethic and entrepreneurship.

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