At the K-12 McLean School in Potomac, MD outside Washington, DC, mindful qualities define almost every aspect of the school experience, for students, faculty, staff and parents. Mindfulness is a cornerstone of the transformative environment evolving at McLean School. Gratitude, Heartfulness, Empathy, and Positive Thinking are all mindfulness lessons taught in McLean’s classrooms. The continuation and reinforcement of these activities at home provide practice time and skill development for … [Read more...] about Mindfulness: Total Immersion?
Thanks everyone for your interest in our Project! Here is our mid-summer update. Our first convening June 15 at Georgetown University in Washington, brought together a unique group of specialists all working to improve the health of children but who have never had occasion to meet previously: coordinators of K-12 school gardens, mindfulness, nutrition and other wellness programs met with pediatricians and healthcare program specialists and researchers. It was a compelling mash-up that has … [Read more...] about #WholeHealthED 2018 Symposium Video Comments
The WholeHealthED Journey Begins at the Inaugural Symposium: June 15, 2018 Our goal of providing students a competency in health during their years of formal education took an important first step June 15 at Georgetown University, at WholeHealthED 2018, our inaugural symposium for leaders in school wellness programs and healthcare services and programs devoted to improving kids' health. This gathering was the first opportunity for wellness program developers, advocates and school … [Read more...] about The Journey and the Destination
If the brains of 70-year olds can be rejuvenated...how important is it for 7 year-olds...and their siblings? (Or anybody else?) A research study led by neuroscientist Arthur Kramer at the University of Illinois in sedentary people ranging from 60-79 showed that after six months those with improved fitness had an increase in brain volume in the frontal and temporal lobes. The major implication: Exercise not only keeps the brain from rotting, but it also reverses the cell deterioration … [Read more...] about RESEARCH: Fitness and the Brain
A most compelling vision of Hope for the Future can be seen in the scores of videos circulating YouTube that show kindergarteners from all over the planet cavorting through the woods, tripping through creeks and having their scientists genes stimulated. Here are a few, including the words of educators speaking to the value of spending "class time" outside. Nature's Classroom - Tennessee Valley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or__q3VNq9o Nova … [Read more...] about Earth Week ends, stay outside kids
"Whole Health Learning" is part of a broad societal response to the intractable presence of overwhelming conditions of ill-health faced across America; conditions that have thus far outrun conventional medicine's – and society's -- ability to redress them, notably: obesity, especially in childhood, that sets the population onto the path of chronic illness the debilitating opioid addiction epidemic pervasive and complex social determinants of health that wrack too many American … [Read more...] about A Whole Health Era Unfolding
As in: "Which HSFs do kids study in 5th grade?" We hope that question and others like it find their way into faculty lounge and curriculum conversations in the future: it will mean that principals, classroom teachers and administrators have begun educating kids to a competency in the many health-related factors of life they will face after secondary school. But really: HSFs? Do we really need another acronym to drop into the education system? I don't see any alternative. This one (and … [Read more...] about New Lingo? “Health Strengthening Factors”