Health and Wellness

  • School Food Program
    TST BOCES serves students breakfast each day. Students are served from 8:30-9:30 a.m.  School lunch is available from 11 a.m. to noon daily. All meals are served in the Smith School Cafeteria or Regional Alternative School.

    The Backpack Program
    Many children are left without adequate nutrition on the weekends. The Backpack Program is a project of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier which attempts to fill this gap and reduce child hunger. The program provides children who are at risk of hunger with a bag of nutritious food every Friday throughout the school year.

TST BOCES Wellness Committee Members

  • Rachel Beiswanger 
    Christine Becraft 
    Kelly VanRiper 
    Chelsea Blovat  
    Jeff Podolak

Free Wellness Apps

  • Headspace
    Lean on Headspace when you need to retreat.  Headspace supports you with ten minutes of daily mindfulness practice to invoke calm, presence, and quiet.

    Exhale
    Exhale is the first wellness app created by and for BIPOC women.  It combines meditation, inspirational talks, affirmations, guided visualizations, and breath work to create a wellspring of self-care.

    Wakeout!
    A compilation of 300+ exercises which can be done in 30-second chunks wherever you are, whatever you're doing.  Wakeout helps us incorporate movement at times we need it the most, like during seemingly endless hours on zoom and meet.

    Clue
    For women who experience a monthly cycle, Clue supports you by offering a system for tracking your physical and emotional symptoms throughout the month. It illuminates how lifestyle habits and hormonal symptoms impact our health.

    Deliciously Ella
    With around 300 plant-based, nutritious dishes to choose from, Deliciously Ella helps you plan plant-based meals and includes a personalized wellness plan and daily tracker to monitor your diet, exercise, sleep, mindfulness, and water consumption.

Wellframe App: Support at Your Fingertips

  • The Wellframe app connects you to a care manager and team of registered nurses, social workers, and dieticians to help manage chronic illness and/or support general wellbeing.  You have access to a rich library of health information and can tailor your experience to suit your personal goals along with support from a care manager. The Wellframe app puts personalized, 1:1 care at your fingertips.

    To get started, follow these simple steps:

    1. Download the Excellus BCBS app and register your online account. 
    2. Open your Excellus BCBS app and click the settings icon on the top right. 
    3. Click Member Apps from the dropdown menu.
    4. Click Wellframe® and enter code “EXCELLUS” to download.

Community Resources

    • YMCA of Ithaca Community Employer Wellness Benefit 10% discount

    • Network of support if you aren't an Excellus subscriber. Visit the Ithaca Crisis Website
    • Excellus members can use MDLive to access behavioral health counseling with a smartphone, tablet or computer. MDLive licensed therapists may offer help through video chat for:
       
      • Sleep disorders 
      • Anxiety & depression 
      • Child behavior issues 
      • Eating disorders 
      • Obsessive compulsive disorders 
      • Post traumatic stress disorders  
      • Smoking addiction