The Office of Health & Wellness coordinates the following Healthy Schools initiatives:
Healthy Kids Learn Better!
The academic success of America’s youth is strongly linked with their health.
Health-related factors such as hunger, physical and emotional abuse, and chronic illness can lead to poor school performance. Health-risk behaviors such as substance use, violence, and physical inactivity are consistently linked to academic failure and often affect students’ school attendance, grades, test scores, and ability to pay attention in class.
- Healthier Students Are Better Learners: A Missing Link in School Reforms to Close the Achievement Gap
In turn, academic success is an excellent indicator for the overall well-being of youth and a primary predictor and determinant of adult health outcomes. Leading national education organizations recognize the close relationship between health and education, as well as the need to embed health into the educational environment for all students.
The following fact sheets and slide presentations present data from the 2003 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey on the association between health-risk behaviors and academic grades: