School Wellness Initiatives with proven effectiveness
Anyone who looks at statistics and data knows that health is directly related to school engagement. Such is the case as it relates to kids’ grades, obesity, bullying, and mental health. It’s very possible that if school enrollment and academic performance is related, then you can see that engagement in school is directly related to health, well-being, and school performance.
A textbook that has the titles, “Health, wellness, and school performance” published by The Institute of Education Sciences and implemented by the National Center for Education Statistics provides a best practice for building a health and wellness curriculum that teaches kids how to eat better, be more active, and avoid unhealthy habits and behaviors. This curriculum is applied to more than twenty-four subjects, including math, science, English, history, world languages, and social studies.
Also, National Academy Foundation’s report on successful school health and wellness initiatives include numerous successful initiatives with school districts and programs such as SAS Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Preventive Care and Disease Prevention. Programs that have successfully brought schools back to health include Free Zone Play a non-profit created by Encinitas, California, parents to benefit children with physical, social, and emotional challenges. This group of parents banded together with parents in Los Angeles, California to offer their California school districts a program to help curb school truancy by helping their children stay in school.
Ultimately, the goal is to make your child an educated, healthy, and motivated youth with a thriving school. Furthermore, there are many resources for you to utilize that will help you along this path.