ACHIEVING A HEALTHY FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN, SCHOOLS, HEALTH SYSTEMS & STATES

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Improving Activity, Mental Health & Academic Achievement

One health issue that has emerged from the pandemic with particularly high prominence is mental health.  Unfortunately, our children have been particularly hard hit. 

But when you look back further, per data collected across the country by the CDC, you see that our kids’ mental health has been deteriorating rapidly for more than a decade!

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Social media has proved to be particularly toxic for teens.

Yet social media is not going away—kids need to learn to live with it in a more positive way, and avoid the biggest downsides. After all, teens need social connection, and smartphones are one way that is going to happen.

Fortunately, we now have greater recognition of the integral link of mind & body and the importance of improving both physical & mental health.

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Just as regular physical activity can lead to rapid improvements in physical health, activity can improve mental health…and cognition & academic achievement, too.

In addition, stress management health education and programs can have a rapid impact on both mental health and academic success.

Daily calming and focus time works and has been demonstrated to be very good for kids.  For example, the evidence-based benefits of the Inner Explorer program delivered online to an entire classroom are impressive:

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28% Higher Grades in Reading, Maths and Science

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43% Decrease in Teacher Stress

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15% Increase in Average GPA

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60% Decrease in Behavioural Issues

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28% Higher Grades in Reading, Maths and Science

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43% Decrease in Teacher Stress

Kid reading graphic

15% Increase in Average GPA

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60% Decrease in Behavioural Issues

Yes, some schools refer to kids’ mental health as their “social and emotional” health and wellness.  They may even use other terms that some people don’t like, such as mental health education or mindfulness.

If you don’t like a certain term or program…don’t use or participate in it!  And ask your kids’ school not to use it…or move them to a school whose terminology and approach you prefer.

Healthy Students Healthy State gives schools & parents huge decision-making power, as part of preserving communities’ “local control”…including which programs and terminology they use.

But please don’t just say No! to everything having to do with improving kids’ mental health. Do help kids improve their mental health & wellness—it has a big impact on their quality of life and their success in life…and can become a matter of life or death.

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The bottom line:  schools can contribute a great deal to improving students’ success in school and in life, including their mental health.

Healthy Students Healthy States gets us there with broad parental support, while avoiding being “woke” or engaging in “culture wars”.