A Healthier Wisconsin

System of Wellness Instruction for Teachers and Teens

Building the capacity of health and physical education teachers to promote lifetime wellness education in Milwaukee schools

Full Project Name:System of Wellness Instruction for Teachers and Teens (SWIFTT)Primary Community Organization:Milwaukee Public Schools and Milwaukee Board of School DirectorsPrimary Academic Partner:Leslie Ruffalo, PhD, MS, Family and Community MedicineAward Amount:$400,000
Award Date
Project Duration:48 months

Project Description Narrative:

Health, physical education, and wellness staff in schools are the frontline health workforce supporting the development of healthy minds and overall wellness of high school students. Historically, these staff members have focused on physical activity. However, with the growing understanding of wellness and the impact of trauma on youth, staff have been challenged to expand the scope of their instruction and support.

Through this award, project partners will develop the System of Wellness Instruction for Teachers and Teens (SWIFTT) platform aimed at shifting health, physical education, and wellness education from a sports-based paradigm to one that promotes lifetime wellness in a relevant and engaging way.

Additional community partners:
Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, SHAPE America Inc., Marquette University

Project Updates:

  • Launched research elements of the project, including conducting interviews with teachers on their experiences and perceptions of what is needed for the SWIFTT platform resulting in themes for resources to emphasize health techniques for both students and teachers, the need for social support for teachers, and resource strategies
  • Evaluated 43 resources during the past year for the SWIFTT platform
  • Recruiting beta testers to interact with multiple SWIFTT resources to evaluate and refine the resources
  • Disseminated project efforts through local presentations resulting in strong interest from teachers and teacher candidates who express a desire for the type of platform and information that this project will provide

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