Healthy living focuses on learning about and managing emotional, mental and physical health. These topics are interwoven into the school day through explicit units and small projects during advisory, interdisciplinary projects, and enrichment activities such as gardening, cooking, yoga, nature walks and hiking in Eaton Canyon. Students also participate in a variety of physical education activities during each week including group games, yoga, climbing, bike riding, jogging and walking.
Healthy living also focuses on character education. Master teachers/advisors help students learn about safe, kind and responsible behavior. Staff members model these practices and explicitly reinforce them in their language with students. Students are asked to consider and examine their own beliefs and behaviors given different situations.
Being socially responsible is also a large part of our healthy living education. Our Organics Recovery Program teaches the students to sort all trash into compostable, recyclable and landfill receptacles. As a project, students then can measure the decrease in landfill trash each week and record the cumulative amount of trash Aveson is keeping out of the landfills. This is just one example of students taking responsibility for their environment.