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Making the Connection: Health and Student Achievement

Society of State Directors of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (SSDHPER), 2003. (PPT, 74 slides)

A presentation developed by SSDHPER and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) which presents the research supporting each aspect of a coordinated school health program in a clear and concise format.

Local Wellness Policies: Assessing School District Strategies for Improving Children's Health

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2009. (PDF, 102 pgs.)

While most students nationwide are enrolled in a school district with a wellness policy on the books, these policies are weak, failing to provide our children with the healthy foods and physical activity they need to learn and grow, according to a new report released by Bridging the Gap and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

2012 Kids Count Data Book

Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2012. (web resource)

Each year, the Kids Count Data Book provides information and statistical trends on the conditions of America's children and families. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, Kids Count seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.

Helping Immigrant and Refugee Students Succeed: It's Not Just what Happens In the Classroom

Center for Health and Care in Schools, 2009. (PDF, 8 pgs.)

Problematic behaviors exhibited by students have a direct impact on student success and the importance of engaging families for student academic achievement has been well documented. The challenges are more pronounced among immigrant and refugee students and their families. This research highlights a number of successful strategies used to engage immigrant and refugee families in support of their children's mental health.

America's Health Starts With Healthy Children: How Do States Compare?

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America, 2008. (PDF, 32 pgs.)

This report ranks states based on two metrics: infant mortality and children's general health status; provides benchmarks for states to strive towards; and makes recommendations for practice.

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America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, 2010. (web resource)

Statistical data on children and families collected through the coordination and integration of 22 federal agencies. Indicators are organized into seven sections: Family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health.

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Afterschool Programs: Making a Difference in America's Communities by Improving Academic Achievement, Keeping Kids Safe and Helping Working Families

Afterschool Alliance, 2008. (PDF, 2 pgs.)

A summary of research findings of afterschool programs improving academic achievement, keeping kids safe, and helping working families.

Adolescent Health, Wellness, and Safety

Association for Middle Level Education (ALME), 2006. (web article)

A research summary from the NMSA addressing the specific health, wellness, and safety needs of adolescents.

A Policy-Based School Intervention to Prevent Overweight and Obesity

Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2008. (web article)

A multi-component school-based intervention can be effective in preventing the development of overweight among children in grades 4 through 6 in urban public schools with a high proportion of children eligible for free and reduced-priced school meals.

A National Snapshot of Local School Wellness Policies

Journal of School Health, American School Health Association (ASHA), 2008. (article, available for purchase)

The study finds schools need assistance in staff development, implementation, revision, and evaluation of wellness policies as mandated by the federal government.

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