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Home Wellness Resources
Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Culinary & Wellness Services nurtures all students through access to quality food and active living. MPS Culinary & Wellness Services remains committed to supporting the wellbeing of our students, families, and staff during the COVID 19 school closure.
A Week of Wellness Activities Flyer:    English  | Hmong | Somali | Spanish

Mindfulness Scavenger Hunt:
Now more than ever, it is important to take time to slow down and be mindful - to keep oneself healthy. Consider this mindfulness checklist or give space for reflection by completing this self-care check-in card. In your day, take a moment to pause and take a few deep breaths. Reflect on how this made you feel. 

 Dig Into Sping Scavenger Hunt

As the weather warms up, gardening is a great way to get outdoors and learn about what is growing around you. Take a walk through your neighborhood and notice what is blooming and growing around you. If you have access to a garden, spend some time prepping your garden bed and planting some spring vegetables like radish, lettuce, or kale. Or, find some seeds to plant indoors! They could be seeds you have laying around the house or seeds you find in a squash or apple! Fill an empty egg carton or small container with soil, place your seed about ¼ inch into the soil, give it some water and leave it next to a sunny window. 


Walking & Biking Scavenger Hunt:

Family walks and bike rides are great ways to stay active, de-stress, and get the 60 minutes of exercise that doctors recommend that children and teens get EVERY day. This week, try keeping track of how many minutes you spend walking and biking. You can print the Wellness Week flyer for a place to record your minutes. The MPS Family Walking & Biking Guide provides resources for route planning, safety, and activities to do along the route. MnDOT is also encouraging Bike to Anywhere Day—see sidebar for additional resources. 

VIDEO: MPS Walk & Bike Wednesday 


In the Kitchen Scavenger Hunt

Spending time in the kitchen can be good for your body, mind, and soul. Cooking and baking are creative outlets, learning experiences, and life lessons. Sharing the process and end result with your family is an extra bonus! Cooking at home gives you the flexibility to adjust nutrients (like sodium or fiber) or adapt the process to make it healthier for you and your family. You can stick to familiar recipes and ingredients or adventurously try new flavors and concepts. 

The first Thursday of each month MPS celebrates locally grown and produced food. We adapted our May MN Thursday recipe for you to make at home using what you have in the pantry. If your trips to the grocery store are less frequent, check out these helpful tips for keeping a well-stocked pantry and making healthy choices around shelf stable or frozen foods.


VIDEO: How to Make a MN Thursday Quesadilla



 Nature Scavenger Hunt

Time outside in nature is a great way to take care of yourself, and think about how you can also take care of the earth. Spend some extra time today to notice the living plants (flora) and animals (fauna) around you with our naturalist scavenger hunt. 

Some scientists who help the earth learn about its well-being by studying phenology, which is the study of  how natural events and seasonal patterns change due to climate. To track how climate is affecting flora and fauna, scientists rely on citizens to help them collect data. As you take note of what is occuring around you with the changing of seasons, practice working like a scientist by sharing your observations on our iNaturalist group page which will be open for observations from Monday through Sunday. 

iNaturalist is an app and website in which citizen scientists can document their observations of wildlife. You can explore what species were recently spotted near you, find where a specific species is located, and share your own photos of animals and plants for the scientific community to identify. If you choose to upload photos, the public will be able to see them, so make sure not to share any personal information in your username or photos.