211418 What does health have to do with academic achievement?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 8:30 AM

Howell Wechsler, EdD, MPH , Division of Adolescent and School Health, CDC/NCCDPHP, Atlanta, GA
Carolyn Fisher, EdD , Division of Adolescent and School Health, CDC/NCCDPHP, Atlanta, GA
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) has been developing resources related to the relationship between student health and academic achievement. The presenter will provide an overview of these resources including the results of an analysis of the association between characteristics of school health programs and standardized educational outcomes, fact sheets providing both tabular and graphic representations of significant associations between health-risk behaviors and academic grades, and a new CDC webpage on student health and academic achievement. The session is also intended to elicit participants' suggestions and recommendations about future CDC projects related to student health and academic achievement.

Learning Objectives:
Describe at least 3 of CDCís activities related to student health and academic achievement. Identify at least 2 resources that would help educators and school administrators promote health as a means to improving academic achievement.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the director of the CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health, which is the leading federal unit for documenting the relationship between health and academic achievement.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.