Health & Wellness

Health Week and Wellness Extravaganza at South Orange Middle School this Week


SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - This week is Health Week at South Orange Middle School (SOMS), with a Wellness Extravaganza on Thursday, May 12, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., which is free and open to the South Orange Maplewood school community.

Here's the full schedule for the week:


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  • All staff and students will receive a stress dot in first period
  • Yoga instructors are coming from the Yoga Play House and Align Wellness Studio to conduct yoga with Health and PE classes
  • Free chair massages/wellness info and Subway lunch for all staff members from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Parent Keynote Speaker Lauren Muriello in the library from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on teens and stress as well as drugs and alcohol


JUST Say NO to Bullying and Drugs and Alcohol:

  • Everyone will receive an anti-drug bracelet in the morning
  • During Health:
    • 8th graders will have speakers from Garden State Equality (LGBTQ)
    • 7th graders will have speakers from GASP to talk about a smoke-free environment
    • 6th graders will have rappers rap about bullying (they are traveling from another state) 
    • NJ Child Assault will talk to technology classes about Cyberbullying



  • Everyone is invited to wear their favorite sports jersey
  • Periods 2-4 are organizing a staff vs. student games (Wiffle ball, volleyball or badminton)
  • VivaZClub is coming to PE and Health for periods 6-8 and engaging the students in Zumba
  • From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nadene Kerstan will be providing all staff with delicious smoothies and granola in the faculty room


Nutrition Day             

  • Chef Dellamore will be cooking in the gymnasium for all periods of Health and PE

2nd Annual SOMS Wellness Extravaganza in the gym from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

  • Free food and drinks 
  • Face Painters
  • Live Music
  • Free health screenings- glucose, backpack screening, cholesterol, blood pressure, vision
  • Special performances
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Free giveaways at EVERY booth
  • First 150 students to arrive receive customized earbuds
  • Drum circle and jazz band will perform
  • Free chair massages

Over 60 local organizations and health professionals, including:

  • Cougar Cafe
  • The Power of Food Productions
  • South Orange Police
  • Studio 509 Fitness
  • Wellness and More
  • South Orange CERT
  • EPA
  • Jersey Cares
  • Garden State Equality
  • Newark Beth Children’s Hospital  
  • Viva Z Club 
  • South Orange Fire Dept.
  • Janes Juice 
  • AlignWellness Studio 
  • Cooperative Counseling Services 
  • South Orange Environmental Commission 
  • Orange County Promotion
  • Jim Waldron Training 
  • Heidi Miller Speech 
  • D and I Fitness 
  • Kessler-Rehab 
  • Marian Buck-Murray 
  • Spectrum
  • St. Barnabas
  • Highway2Well 
  • GirlsHelpingGirls.Period  
  • Spa Lady and Cycle RX
  • Robin Hood
  • YouthNet Clubs
  • South Orange Environmental Commission
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Orange County Dairy Promotion
  • Garden State Urban Farms
  • The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society '
  • NJ Assault Program
  • University Hospital
  • Knead Healing
  • The TWIM Experience
  • Columbia and Youthnet Track Team
  • GASP
  • GLSEN Central New Jersey
  • Med Express Urgent Care 
  • ADAPT *
  • Dr. Rick Wolf
  • Advocates for Youth
  • The Blue Wave
  • SOMA Skin & Laser
  • Ms. Gilker
  • Zufall
  • Youthnet
  • Greater Essex Counseling Services
  • Align Wellness Studio
  • Horizon NJ
  • PGA 
  • The American Heart Association 
  • CJ Pride 
  • South Mountain YMCA 
  • Yoga PlayHouse
  • Trader Joes 
  • Garden State Equality

According to event organizers, the Wellness Extravaganza will have face painters, free giveaways at every table, demonstrations, performances, free health screenings, and free food and drink.

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