Health and Learning

ASCD Express is looking for short, 600–1,000-word essays on the theme “Health and Learning.” The theme description is below, and guidelines for submissions are here. Send us your submissions by October 26, 2009.

Research shows that healthy children learn more, so how can schools forge a healthy environment? This issue will examine programs ranging from creating school-based community health clinics to keeping physical education part of the school day; from implementing discipline policies that make hallways and classrooms free of physical or emotional violence to teaching students about nutrition and fitness; from helping students maintain a healthy body image to helping them avoid self-destructive behaviors. We also welcome research on the links among physical and mental health, student motivation, and achievement.


  1. At my school students only get physical education about once or maybe twice a week. Our administration requires us to give the students at least 20 minutes of recess every day. This use to never be the case, but now recess is required.


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