Changing health patterns for 40 days was the challenge presented to students and faculty in a chapel led by frosh Health students. "Studies show that if you can make a lifestyle change for 40 days, you have a good chance of making that change permanent," said teacher Krysten Parson. The Health students shared scripture and provided information on six health components-physical, spiritual, emotional, mental, environmental, and social-and possible ways that students could commit to change in each component, such as regular exercise or prayer, walking/biking instead of driving, or expanding social connections by learning to know other people.

Following the chapel, students were invited to commit to working to make one change in one of the six health components. Students wrote down which component(s) they were committing to making a change and were encouraged to find someone to share their specific commitments with who could help them be accountable. On November 7, the Health class will lead a chapel in which students can celebrate and share (if they wish) about their 40-day challenge experience.

Following is a chart showing the number of student by grade who have committed to changes in each health component during this 40-day challenge:

Component
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12
Total
Physical 8
7
16
2
33
Spiritual4 15
11
10
40
Social 7 10
6
2
25
Environmental
3 3
2
7
15
Emotional7 12
2
4
25
Mental6
4
5
5
20