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Articles: Health & Wellness

Mark A. Serva is an educational consultant and an associate professor at the University of Delaware.  

With the latest season of high school football concluded, now is perhaps an ideal time to consider whether or not there should be another.

Donna Reynolds is principal of Lake Mary High School of Seminole County Public Schools in Florida.

Donna Reynolds, principal of Lake Mary High School of Seminole County Public Schools in Florida, connected with students by performing with the dance team at a pep rally.

Lisa Gonzales is president of the Association of California School Administrators and is assistant superintendent of educational services in Dublin USD.

In a world of round-the-clock distractions, being a mindful leader is a powerful tool. Mindfulness is simply the act of being consciously aware and of focusing on the present moment in a nonjudgmental way.

The new New York curriculum will help students and teachers recognize the signs of a potential problem, and reduce the associated stigma. (Gettyimages.com: highwaystarz-photohgraphy).

Most states have laws mandating health education in primary and secondary schools, but New York will be the first to emphasize mental health instruction for all grades.

Many districts have adopted rock climbing, cross-training, yoga and other individually focused activities. (Gettyimages.com: remains).

School districts are elevating physical education standards and expanding athletic activities beyond traditional sports to provide a more well-rounded education as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Some of the latest models of nontraditional furniture rolling into schools feature sit-stand desks, stackable stools with tiltable surfaces, adjustable tables and desks with bikes.

Growing mental health needs of students ranked as one of the major issues facing educators who participated in DA’s 2018 Outlook Survey.

A look back at the year’s top stories sheds some light on the way forward.

States that require recess in elementary school

Connecticut: 20 minutes of supervised recess daily, preferably outdoors

Indiana: Daily physical activity that may include the use of recess

Missouri: Minimum of one 20-minute recess period


Link to main story: Lawmakers requiring more recess in schools

Many schools offering recess provide 15 to 25 minutes of unstructured play daily. (Gettyimages.com: monkeybusinessimages).

A small but growing number of states are requiring school districts to provide recess. Pending legislation in Massachusetts would require schools to provide at least 20 minutes of daily recess in K5.

Cort T. Malone is a shareholder in the insurance recovery group of Anderson Kill P.C., and Jorge R. Aviles is an attorney in the same group.

While the increasing number of concussion-related injuries in the NFL have captured the country’s attention, less attention has been paid to the rise of similar claims coming from high school student-athletes.

The federal Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) allows districts in low-income areas to serve free breakfast and lunch to students without collecting household applications. (Gettyimages.com: asiseelt).

The New York City Department of Education announced in September that all public school students will now receive free lunch. 

Lisa Gonzales is president of the Association of California School Administrators and an assistant superintendent of educational services in Dublin USD.

Can exercise boost our effectiveness as leaders? Science supports the importance of exercise, especially for leaders. Have you made the connection yet? If not, here are a few reasons you should.

Some schools are addressing the decline in football participation by switching from 11-player teams to eight-player teams. (Gettyimages.com: yinyang).

A drop in football enrollment is forcing some districts to make tough program cuts, and is inspiring others to seek creative ways to keep the sport afloat.

Mold may raise images of sick students and rotting buildings, but in reality, it’s an easy—and most times inexpensive—problem to solve if dealt with quickly and effectively.

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