Benefiting America’s Youth: The Importance of Prevention, Health and Wellness to Academic Success - Part II

April 16, 2012
by Jeff Levi
NEA Health Information Network Blog


You can read Part I of Dr. Levi's Blog here.


Our organization, the Trust for America’s Health (TfAH), has worked with the Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC), which has identified some recommendations that teachers, educators and parents can tell policymakers about that can make a difference, including that the U.S. Department of Education should:

  1. Appoint a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education for Health and Environment Initiatives.
  2. Work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support initiatives that increase funding for school nurses and promote alternative funding models for school nurses, such as third-party billing, and community partnerships.
  3. Incorporate school wellness into existing professional development programs for teachers and principals.
  4. Modify the Blue Ribbon Schools Program to emphasize the important connection between health and learning by incorporating health measures into the evaluation criteria.



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