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 helped define the potential for continuing to work together. See a few comments from participants in this video.
Check out our summary of the Symposium:
Research from Spain:
Children who exercise have more brainpower
From the World Economic Forum – July 19, 2018
Here is more reinforcement about the impact of exercise on what one high school student in the US calls her “cogs,” i.e.: her cognitive powers and her academic performance. Researchers at the University of Granada’s Sport and Health Institute reported:
“Physical fitness in children is linked in a direct way to important brain structure differences, and such differences are reflected in the children’s academic performance.”
See the full article at the World Economic Forum site. This study is among many recent reports showing the expansive physical impact of exercise. This is one of the focal points for continuing exploration by WholeHealthED.