Founder’s Message ~ Spring has sprung!
What does HEAL Hero Season and springtime have in common? Springtime in Alabama presents an amazing display of new life and blooms bursting with color. Just like the regal daffodils and tulips standing tall and proud this time of year, HEAL Heroes are now in full display.
What is a HEAL Hero? A HEAL Hero is a student, teacher or community member who embraced the HEAL curriculum for themselves and helped others adopt the HEAL way of life. This rewarding component puts the final touch on a year of sowing seeds of good health into our beautiful children. Post-testing reveals the fruit of our labor as our children demonstrate significant physical fitness improvements as well as improved knowledge and behavior regarding nutrition, physical activity, and general health.
The most touching and surprising impacts made are manifested through personally written testimonies. Thousands of children and hundreds of teachers express the various ways HEAL transformed lives and enhanced school spirit. Multiple benefits transpire through HEAL including better health, academic achievement, family bonding, raised self-esteem, reduced stress and anxiety, over-all better quality of life and more respect for others.
By rewarding personal responsibility and concern for others, HEAL has tampered the intimidating competition common in physical education and even reduced bullying in the toughest environments. A physical educator in Walker County Ms. Trotter said, “I believe my physical education class period with HEAL has created a healthy, unifying spirit that flows through our entire school.”