The Wayne Highlands Wellness Committee has hit the ground running for the 2017-2018 school year.

In early September, the Wayne Highlands Wellness Committee met to get their yearly wellness initiatives lined up. The first two items on the agenda were Monthly Wellness Blasts and the 5th Annual Homecoming Hustle.

Each month, wellness committee members write wellness “blasts” that are emailed to all Wayne Highlands School District employees. The wellness blasts are short informational messages about specific health topics to help faculty and staff in and out of the classroom.

To date, wellness blasts have focused on healthy aging, head lice awareness, prostate health, domestic violence, depression and mental health, balancing work and family life, and bullying prevention. Future wellness blasts will include information about nutrition, dental health, teen dating violence, healthy holidays, child abuse prevention, and chronic diseases.

The Wayne Highlands Wellness Committee is also pleased to announce that the 5th Annual Homecoming Hustle was held on Saturday, October 7th at the Wayne Highlands School District track complex. The Homecoming Hustle has become a popular community 5k walk/run that takes place on the varsity cross country course.

The purpose of this community event was to bring families and friends of all ages together on a warm and beautiful October morning to engage in physical activity and friendship. The Homecoming Hustle is not a typical 5k. There is no registration, no charge, no trophies, and participants can run or walk the course. Thanks to Coach Joe Macey, there was a clock at the finish for those runners and walkers wishing to keep track of their time.

The 5k began at 9am with varsity cross country coach, Lindsey Pender, starting the race. DJ Nicky Nick was on board again to volunteer his time to get the runners and walkers ready for the race. This year, however, Nick’s daughter Liv, aka DJ Monkey, made her community debut as she took control of the DJ table and kept everyone moving! Fox Ledge donated water for the fifth year in a row for the water stations along the course and at the finish line. Longtime local runners Fred and Cathy Howell donated beads for each participant crossing the finish line. The beads have become the coveted prize at the end of the 5k!

Coach Pender lined her cross country runners along the course to help guide the participants, man the water stations, and cheer runners and walkers on. Varsity field hockey players and varsity and junior high wrestlers took to the course to support the cause, as well.

Well over 50 members of the community came out for a morning of fun, music, and, most importantly, exercise. The Wayne Highlands Wellness Committee would like to thank everyone who helped to make the 5th Annual Homecoming Hustle a success. We hope to see you again next year!