Perhaps the most urgent aspect of the United States’ obesity problem is the early age at which many American children begin to develop weight- and nutrition-related conditions. Developing unhealthy eating habits at a young age not only predisposes children to diabetes and other nutrition-related health disorders, but it can make it all the more difficult to maintain a healthful lifestyle later in life...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: Schools are learning that nutrition is the basis and foundation to learning. Interesting and innovative ideas are cropping up across the country.
Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: There is so much more that we can give these kids besides prescriptions, IEP meetings and doctor visits. I am a parent of a special needs child... I speak from experience. Let meditation/mindfulness into your life, your schools... and see the magic that can happen to all kids. And, while you're at it, truly look at the nutritional value of your child's school lunch program (check out an article here about just that). Food, like meditation, is also brain power. Our kids deserve all the brain zing a ding ding they can get.
by Dr. Paul Jarard
Kids live active, stressful lives. They attend school, do homework, participate in competitive sports, play video games, and meet their friends at the mall. In addition, they deal with divorce, new schools, tough neighborhoods, illnesses, bullying, and pressure to get excellent grades...
Editor's Note: Several studies show that children who practice yoga have less stress. This article describes one such students where students learn how to breath their way through difficult situations, how to refocus their thoughts and look at difficult situations differently, how to have better overall health from practicing asanas (poses) as well, and more. This looks like a vialbe alternative/addition to school curriculum. Namaste!
Editor's Note from Julie Lachman: What would it to get this school on the right track? This school receives kids who've been expelled from other schools. Yet, they have no weapons, suicides, or expulsions. Why? It's what the kids are eating. Can school violence be prevented? Appleton school district shows us how.
Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: A new virus, unlike any other is infecting schools. It is spread through social media. It is a pandemic that is quickly spreading around the world. Its origins are not known, but individuals with a history of negative and violent home lives are more susceptible to infection. It is highly contagious and no one is immune. Statistics show that 42% of all kids have been bullied online and almost one in four have had it happen more than once. Cyber bullying is a major cause of depression and suicide among teenagers. The Langley Schools Music Department used this artistic medium to illustrate how cyberbullying happens, who does it and what we can be doing about it!
Arts & Art Therapy
Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Barbara Fish PhD discusses the role of art therapy in supporting creativity when working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. Creativity offers opportunities to explore life's choices, opening potential for change and new growth. See more at barbarafisharttherapy.com.
Arts & Art Therapy
by Michelle Walling, CHLC
Cross-posted from WakingTimes.com
What would our world be like today of these top 10 spiritual truths were taught in our schools, in the mainstream media, and in our history books?...
Editor's Note from Sue O'Callahan: While reading this article, I thought it might be a rich experience to meditate upon each of the spiritual truths presented. Each tenet explored with presence, stillness and breath.
by Kimaya Singh
With the recent spate of mass shootings, people have begun to ask what it will take to reduce violence, especially among kids or in places where they spend time. We know that violence does not just occur in random places sparked by uncertain things. It also takes place daily in schools or on street corners...
Editor's Note: Violence is a result of many things, including mental illness and feelings of loss, anger, loneliness, and powerlessness. Fortunately, these feelings are something that a yoga practice can address, especially when meditation is guided by someone who intentionally wants to empower and encourage students who are dealing with these types of emotions. The author states that, in addressing these negative feelings, yoga gives its practitioners, especially young people, an internal locus of control.
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