The One LCPS: United for Wellness Conference Provides Strategies for Promoting Well-being

Loudoun County Public Schools will host its fifth annual mental health and wellness conference, One LCPS: United for Wellness, focused on strategies and guidance to promote wellness for all young people in our community, on Saturday, January 28, 2023, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lightridge High School (41025 Collaboration Dr., Aldie, VA). 

“Achieving wellness is not easy – even for kids and perhaps especially for today’s kids who must balance in-person life with online life as well as school, home and social pressures,” stated Jennifer Evans, director of LCPS’ Student Mental Health Services. “It seems like it would be easy to achieve wellness, but like everything, it takes work – this is true for adults and young people.” 

One LCPS: United for Wellness offers a program that engages the mind and body. Prior to the start of the conference, football legends Ken Harvey, linebacker for the Washington Redskins from 1994 to 1998, and Charles Mann, defensive end for the Redskins from 1983 to 1993, will share motivational messages about their mental health and wellness journeys. Upon arrival, participants will be greeted by the Lightridge Jazz Band as they perform upbeat jazz favorites. Student leadership groups will be selling snacks, allowing participants to satisfy both their hunger and support a great student fundraiser. 

Conference participants will also have the opportunity to engage in fitness and yoga demonstrations and check out the resource fair, which will be available during the conference and will showcase over 30 community partners and services that support mental health and wellness. 

The conference will feature 46 speakers, organized into three 50-minute sessions. The speakers will present on various topics connected to mental health and wellness, from advice on alleviating stress and anxiety to creating positive relationships with food, mindful parenting, and navigating mental health insurance mazes.

“Each of the topics shared at this conference will benefit the families and youth of our communities. All of the sessions will provide the opportunity for participants to ask questions of experts in the fields of mental health and wellness. There is truly something for everyone at this conference,” said Evans. 

Attendance at the event is free and open to the public. The conference schedule is available online and those wishing to attend are encouraged to register.

Published January 27, 2023