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Healthy Students are Better Students


Healthy students are better students. It’s the primary focus behind the Nebraska Whole Child Project! Check out this quick video from the 2014 Learning Connection Summit. You may even recognize someone. Thanks to The GENYOUth Foundation, the Midwest Dairy Council, and Fuel Up to Play 60 for their positive impact in our schools.Proven school wellness programs like Fuel Up to Play 60 empower students to make positive changes at school and can bring healthy changes to life both in and out of the classroom. School breakfast programs are especially important and may positively impact children’s nutrition and learning. In fact, research shows that those who eat breakfast have better attention and memory than breakfast skippers and students who are more active during school perform better on standardized tests for reading, math and spelling.

American kids spend more than 2,000 hours in school each year where in-school wellness policies can encourage healthy habits. Schools are an ideal place to promote childhood health and wellness, but they cannot act alone. Parents, schools and the larger community must work together to affect change for children’s health and wellness in schools.

To view the full report, including references and other supporting materials, visit http://www.genyouthfoundation.org/programs/#impact

S.W.E.A.T. Conference Takes Over Lincoln!

The S.W.E.A.T. Conference on Student Wellness Education & Training took place in April 2015 in Lincoln. Attendees spent the day learning from experts on student wellness and the correlation to student achievement, got to participate in a variety of brain break activities led by students, and heard from NFL running back with the Cincinnati Bengals, and former Husker Rex Burkhead. The conference was attended by school board members, Superintendents, school nurses, PE teachers, business leaders, and athletic directors. This was truly an event like no other. It’s not often you see attendees, some in suits, or heels, excited and engaged to get active and do a set of push-ups, or race across the room to win a cup-stacking challenge, all led by kids!

huge thanks to co-sponsors of the event. S.W.E.A.T. was powered by the Nebraska Whole Child Project, the Midwest Dairy Council, the Nebraska Association of School Boards, Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids, the Department of Health & Human Services, NETS, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Nebraska Public Leadership Foundation, SHAPE Nebraska, and the Nebraska School Activities Association.