Santa Catalina School students explored a wide variety of workshops and wellness activities at the annual Health and Well-being Day on April 26.
The event, titled Swing into Summer, was organized by the student Health and Wellness Committee. It aimed to empower and energize students to seek personal development opportunities and to pursue their passions.
The day started with a keynote speech by Eric LoMonaco, director of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, who gave an energetic presentation about living each day with joy no matter the setbacks and challenges.
Students then had their pick of 12 sessions that offered a mix of movement, hands-on activities, and informative talks. Sessions included boxing and self-defense; ikebana and fermentation workshops; first aid lessons, including a sports medicine station led by athletic trainer Lucy Scattini Bengard ’13; and inspiring stories from local community members, including gluten-free baker Sharque (Nece) Starr and Wahine Project founder Dionne Ybarra.
In the afternoon, students were invited to relax in the company of friends while making friendship bracelets, planting succulents, painting, collaging, and more.
Health and Well-being Day gave students the chance to slow down, take a break, and discover something new about themselves.