Students in grades 2-12 throughout North Central Massachusetts are invited to attend a free virtual “field trip” filled with activities designed to help them stay healthy and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Created by United Way Youth Venture, “Healthy Minds: Well-Being for Well-Doing” will run Wednesday, April 14 from 10am-2pm.

The event, scheduled the week before spring break, seeks to help students manage the challenges of adapting to virtual education and being separated from peers. Students can sign up for a variety of sessions focused on different aspects of staying healthy, including coping with stress and loneliness, improving nutrition and fitness, learning new skills, and helping others in the community.

A dedicated “Get moving!” break will offer the choice of ten physical activities, including self-defense and beginner yoga, and students can attend healthy cooking demos, participate in trivia and visit virtual exhibitor booths showcasing local businesses. A limited number of students will also receive student activity kits and gratitude journals. You can register for the event at https://uwyv.mwcc.edu/support-our-efforts/attend/healthy-minds/

Healthy Minds is organized by United Way Youth Venture, a UWNMC initiative run in partnership with Mount Wachusett Community College that provides opportunities for students to work together to address real problems in their communities. Several other local agencies have also helped organize the event, and funding is provided in part by the Reliant Foundation and the Barr Foundation.