Using Needs Assessments to Connect Learning + Health: Opportunities in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

“Healthy Schools Campaign and Alliance for a Healthier Generation are pleased to release Using Needs Assessments to Connect Learning + Health: Opportunities in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This guide highlights the ways that school needs assessments, such as those required by ESSA, can be a valuable tool in identifying, understanding and addressing health conditions that contribute to poor academic performance and chronic absenteeism.

The guide includes important background information, data sources, and sample health and wellness questions that can be included in needs assessments. It provides child advocates, community leaders, school personnel and other key stakeholder groups with the information and tools that they need to convince their state and local education leaders to make health and wellness a significant component of the needs assessment and school improvement process.”

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The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education and Academic Performance

The purpose of this report is to synthesize the scientific literature that has examined the association between school-based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance, including indicators of cognitive skills and attitudes, academic behaviors, and academic achievement.

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Health and Academic Achievement Overview

This document provides evidence linking healthy eating and physical activity to academic achievement; evidence-driven messages with specific benefits to states, school districts, schools, parents, and students; specific, feasible, and effective actions to support healthy eating and physical activity in schools; key resources to learn more.

Academic Achievement

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