Strong School Connections Build Strong, Healthy Students

It’s back-to-school time! For some that brings a big “Ya-hoo!,” and for others perhaps a few “Boo-hoo’s.” For all, this time of year brings a stack of school supplies, a return to routine and higher levels of activity and stress. Aside from the obvious academic growth that happens when they are in school, students also grow physically, mentally, and emotionally. And in that growth, the choices they make regarding their health have a strong impact on their success. Just as healthier students do better in school, students who are in school tend to make better, healthier choices. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) promotes “school connectedness” as an important protect

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