Health Care, Nutrition, and Learning Climate

DSC_3625-300x196What is the role of nutrition and health in student progress? Listen to Dr. Terri D. Wright, director of the Center for School, Health and Education (CSHE), and Dr. Philippa Norman, author of “Feeding the Brain for Academic Success,” on this week’s Education Town Hall. Discussion ranged from the value of hands-on projects, such as growing sprouts, to the need for national policy changes. Resources and information on healthier lifestyles for parents, educators, and students are as important as changes to cafeteria offerings, our experts agree. For more listen to Track 2 below.

Track 2

Health, Schools and Education

terri-pixCHSE is a division of the American Public Health Association. The Center advances school-based health care and related strategies to create learning-friendly school climates and improve outcomes for all students.

The Center for School, Health and Education focuses on five key issues:

  • preventing drop out,
  • health and well-being in school,
  • school climate,
  • hunger and obesity, and
  • school violence.

Related resources are available on their website.

Dr. Terri D. Wright is the Director of the Center for School, Health and Education and the Center for Public Health Policy at the American Public Health Association. She provides leadership to the strategic development and integration of public health in school-based health care and education as well as public health policy and programming to achieve population health and equity.

Prior to joining APHA in 2010, she served as a program director for health policy for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, MI for 12 years. In that capacity Terri developed and reviewed the Foundation’s health programming priorities and initiatives, evaluated and recommended proposals for funding, and administered projects and initiatives. She also assisted in public policy analysis and related policy program development, as well as provided leadership to the Foundation’s school-based health care policy program. More here.

Feeding the Brain

Philippa Norman MD MPHDr. Philippa Norman is an Integrative Physician with over 20 years experience, focusing on nutrition and healthy lifestyle. She has provided continuing education and community workshops on the topic of nutrition and learning. For several years, she taught a Personal Wellness class for Grades 1-8. She is the author of Feed Your Brain: How to Boost Your Brainpower with Food, a hands-on guide for students to learn how their brain works and learn how to choose the healthiest brainfoods.

Dr. Norman received her M.D. from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN and her Master’s degree from University of Illinois School of Public Health in Chicago, IL. Her article, “Healthy Brain for Life,” is available on her website.

The Education Town Hall broadcasts from Historic Anacostia in Washington, DC, Thursdays
at 11:00 a.m. Eastern on We Act Radio.
Listen live via TuneIn.
Shows are archived for convenient listening shortly after broadcast.

The Education Town Hall BUS is a monthly program
organized by BadAss Teachers, United Opt Out, and SOS March.
The program regularly airs on the 4th Thursday of each month.



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