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HEALTH IS ACADEMIC: A Guide to Coordinated School Health Programs.

Eva Marx & Susan Frelick Wooley, Editors, with Daphne Northrop. New York: Teachers College Press, 1998. 346 pp. $24.95. Health Is Academic begins with a dedication to, and foreword by, Ernest L. Boyer, late President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Boyer stressed the connection between students' ability to learn and their physical and emotional needs. He proposed that schools should not only remain committed to academic achievement, but also provide basic health and counseling programs with a focus on prevention, and act as a referral agency for the services they do not provide.

Who can argue with the fact that well-rested children who enjoy balanced, nutritious diets and are able to handle the stresses in their lives are better prepared to learn? Yet children are often expected to concentrate on their studies while ignoring their physical and emotional pain. These essays support a focus on the whole child, examining such topics as coordinated school health programs, family and community involvement, healthful school environments, counseling, nutrition services, and state and national roles. The book also addresses funding issues, and offers suggestions for locating additional sources.

School districts; individual universities; community organizations; and national, state, and local health-related service providers will all find ways to improve programs, add a parent/community involvement component, or begin a coordinated school health program from scratch with the information available in this book. Figure 11.3, Elements for Making Change (p. 264), is one of many tools that could be used to develop a successful program.

The authors and editors of this book successfully show ways to strengthen the link between health and learning for the benefit of children and the community. As Boyer first stated in 1983, "No knowledge is more crucial than knowledge about health. Without it, no other life goal can be successfully achieved" (p. 304). Reviewed by Michele Anise Bennett Beckley, Bilingual Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Teacher, El Paso ISD, TX
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Author:Bennett Beckley, Michele Anise
Publication:Childhood Education
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Date:Sep 22, 1999
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