It’s National Health Education Week!

The week of Oct. 15-19 is National Health Education Week (NHEW), presented by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). This year’s theme is “Adolescent Health: Planting Seeds for a Healthier Generation” and each day this week is themed around an adolescent health topic. Today is Nutrition and Physical Activity: Action for healthy adolescents; check out the NHEW website for the rest of the week’s topics. The website also features resources, fact sheets, and suggested activities for use with teens, parents, teachers, and schools.

At City Connects, we believe that health is one of four core domains that enable students to come to school ready to learn and thrive. Health risks like asthma and diabetes disproportionately affect urban students and may negatively impact their academic performance. With the support of the New Balance Foundation, our School Site Coordinators lead school-based health and wellness initiatives that teach students how to make healthy choices about nutrition, exercise, and social relationships. The New Balance Foundation Health & Wellness program increases students’ health literacy, resulting in better behavior, work habits, and effort in the classroom. These skills help students combat critical issues like obesity and bullying—both in and out of the classroom.

For more information:

  • Follow SOPHE on Twitter @SOPHEtweets and use #NHEW for National Health Education Week news

Community Partner Breakfast: A Focus on Health & Wellness

Today, City Connects hosted our annual spring gathering of community partners. The meeting, “Creating Dynamic School Partnerships to Increase the Health and Wellness of Students,” featured a panel discussion with (pictured left to right) Dr. Linda Grant, medical director of Boston Public Schools (BPS); Jill Carter, executive director, Health and Wellness at BPS; Simon Ho, principal of the Josiah Quincy School; and Pat DiNatale, director of new practice for City Connects.

Panelists discussed the need to coordinate services and fully integrate health into education to better serve students holistically. Dr. Grant emphasized the crucial role school nurses play in supporting the health of individual students while simultaneously developing knowledge of school-wide health concerns. Jill Carter gave insight into the efforts of the newly formed BPS Office of Health and Wellness and suggested that community partners establish relationships with “Wellness Champions” in the schools they serve. Simon Ho shared the steps his school took to promote student health and wellness that resulted in a Bronze Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Pat DiNatale discussed the New Balance Foundation Health and Wellness curriculum piloted this year by City Connects and gave thanks to all of the partners with whom City Connects works to promote healthy development of students.

City Connects believes that health is a crucial component to student support–click here to learn more about our philosophy.