SPS Fall Term LinC Day focuses on health, wellness and phone use.
BY JACQUELINE PRIMO LEMMON
During Fall Term LinC Day on Tuesday, Oct. 31, guest speaker Dr. Nidhi Gupta shared a sobering statistic: The average high school student spends five to seven hours on their phone every day. “The issue is not how much time is spent on the devices, but what else [we] could have [been doing] during that time,” Gupta, a pediatric endocrinologist and wellness coach, said.
LinC Days, facilitated by Fifth and Sixth Form student leaders with the support of SPS faculty in the Dean of Students Office, occur once per term and are part of the School’s Living in Community curriculum. The theme for the first LinC Day of the school year was personal health and wellness, a topic the LinC leaders chose as a way to address multiple interrelated issues that include phone use and overuse.
“Students at St. Paul’s are viewed as incredibly capable and held to great expectations,” LinC leader and Sixth Form Officer Isa Martinez ’24 says. “As intrinsically passionate, ambitious and motivated students, we strive to fulfill these expectations — along with those we set for ourselves — resulting in intense days with homework, studying and commitments. [We] thought it would be very beneficial to provide proactive and applicable measures that could help our community sustain our best selves.”
Among the health and wellness tips that LinC leaders shared with their peers were prioritizing daily physical activity, eating high-quality meals with plenty of protein and plants, and breaking down large tasks and assignments into smaller, more manageable pieces spread out over time to reduce stress. When it comes to sleep, they noted, students should avoid caffeine before bed, have a regular bedtime and avoid screens for at least 30 minutes before they turn out the lights.