Well-head louisiana partners with aetna and louisiana department of education to host healthy schools collaborative meeting
In November, Well-Ahead Louisiana, in collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Education and Aetna, hosted the Healthy Schools Collaborative meeting in New Orleans.
With support from the Louisiana Department of Education, Well-Ahead coordinates the Louisiana Healthy Schools Collaborative, a network of statewide partners working to support healthy schools. At the November meeting, there was a panel discussion with Dr. Amanda Staiano (Pennington Biomedical Research Center), Renee Grady (Girls on the Run New Orleans), Stewart Young (Laureus Foundation), Superintendent Kevin George, (St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools) and Superintendent Wes Watts (West Baton Rouge Parish School Board). The panel discussed opportunities in support of Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child. During the panel discussion, Superintendent Wes Watts shared that the overarching factor of success is the culture that you create. A culture of love, support, caring, and understanding can help transform lives both academically and physically. In addition, panelist emphasized the need for local leaders to spur change.
Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in the three breakout sessions that was led by the Louisiana Department of Education and Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The sessions focused on building school health councils, completing the School Health Index, and engaging the community. All the resources for the breakout sessions can be found here.
DID YOU KNOW?
Research shows a strong connection between healthy behaviors and academic achievement (e.g., grades, standardized tests, graduation rates, attendance).
Healthy students are better learners, and academic achievement bears a lifetime of benefits for health.
However, youth risk behaviors, such as physical inactivity, unhealthy dietary behaviors, tobacco use, alcohol use, and school safety use are consistently linked to poor grades, test scores, and lower educational attainment.
MOVING LOUISIANA’S HEALTH FORWARD
We all have a role in improving the health of our residents. Louisiana isn’t for spectators, it’s for participators.
Our state is full of teachers, healthcare providers, mayors, parents, business leaders, and restaurant owners that can make a difference.
So, we are encouraging you to be a leader in school health! Connect with your local school health council. The school health council should represent the diversity of your community and include people that have a passion for children's health, have an influence in the school and community, and have time to commit to supporting the committee's goals. If your school does not have a local council, follow these three steps for forming a school health council.
Together, we can move Louisiana’s health forward. And our students will live longer, happier, and healthier.