Health & Wellness

Moses Brown Wellness Department

At Moses Brown, we pledge to inspire the inner promise of each child. This requires a focus on the whole child and a commitment to wellness education. Our growing wellness team, comprised of individuals from various academic and administrative departments, actively pursues events and programming designed to cultivate students' spiritual, emotional, environmental, physical, intellectual, and social well-being. In each academic division, students are exposed to various wellness topics, from drug education, nutrition, personal ethics, resiliency and centering and speaking out of silence in Meeting for Worship. Students have access to a full-time and a part-time nurse, a full time psychologist, a Director of Friends Education and a full-time athletic trainer. Our students are not only learning how to take care of themselves, but how to be a conscious and engaged community member.

Physical Education and Athletics

  • Nationally certified full-time athletic trainer
  • FitnessGram assessments in middle school physical education
  • Northeast Sports Training on-site consultants
  • ImPACT concussion protocols for all student-athletes
  • Faculty-coach model: creating an extension of the classroom
  • Sports nutritionist: consultant for athletic teams
  • 60 interscholastic teams in grades 6-12
  • MB after 3 program for lower school: yoga, soccer, Girls on the Run host site
  • Lower school dance residency
  • On-call team physician


  • Required drug education, and human sexuality classes
  • Brenda Conlan: annual drug education program for all 8th and 11th grade students
  • Required Freshman Studies Program: nutrition, healthy relationships, stress reduction and substance abuse
  • Required Tenth grade wellness mini unit: giving and receiving consent, bodily objectification, and healthy relationship
  • Faculty and Staff group wellness offerings such as yoga, pottery, weightlifting, as well as tournaments for baggo, volleyball, and floor hockey
  • Friends Community Garden
  • Sage Dining Services collaboration

Mindfulness Curriculum and Programming

  • Introduction of concepts and practice of mindfulness integrated into curriculum (e.g., silence, listening to the bell, awareness of body and attention)
  • 5th and 6th grade curricular unit on mindfulness
  • Weekly faculty-staff mindfulness gathering

Academic, social and emotional health

  • Responsive ClassroomTM -trained lower school teachers: emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe school community
  • Advisory system in grades 6-12
  • Middle school team system and whole child approach
  • Weekly student concerns meeting
  • Upper school class deans structure
  • Upper school orientation program for new students
  • Middle school team trips
  • Upper school-middle school peer tutoring
  • Learning Center: after-school resource and extra help
  • Personal ethics and resilience course for grade 8

Friends Education

  • Weekly Meeting for Worship in all three divisions
  • Educating children how to make Meeting for Worship meaningful
  • Focus on Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship (Friends testimonies) in the academic and social curriculum
  • Teaching conflict resolution skills
  • Peace Garden is used for reflection, worship, classroom activities
  • Peer to peer teaching on maintaining one's integrity while using social media
  • Support for student's individual spiritual exploration and formation
Wellness: an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy, balanced life; nurturing our physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental and emotional well-being.
Physical health: Recognizing, understanding and caring for your body’s individual needs.
Social health: Actively nurturing your relationships to ensure that they are appropriate, respectful, balanced and supportive.
Emotional health: Recognizing and attending to your feelings while maintaining a positive self-identity and self-esteem.
Intellectual health: Respecting what you have learned, consistently learning, and expanding your world view.
Spiritual health: Nurturing the inward spirit and recognizing your personal values and beliefs, seeking to connect with the Inner Light in yourself and others.
Environmental health: Appreciating how your relationship with the natural and built environment affects your health.
Recent events
  • Annual All-School Wellness Fair
  • Nationally Recognized Speakers: Rosetta Lee, Jennifer Bryan, Dr. Michael Fowlin, Marc Elliot, Eyal Press, Greg Dale, Gloria Gemma Hope Bus
  • Annual flu vaccination clinic for faculty, staff, parents and students
  • On-site blood drives