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Monday, January 30, 2012

Learning made relevant and healthy

Two stories about Arkansas school students learning healthy behaviors during the school day appeared in today's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (paywall).
Young students in Jefferson County are learning how to garden, where vegetables, fruits, and herbs actually come from (not a can or plastic bag!) and business skills, as pumpkins are sold in the fall to buy seed and supplies for the gardens. The project is sponsored by the University of Arkansas Agriculture Division's Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office.
In another 362 public schools located in 79 districts, students are benefitting from an online health curriculum sponsored by Arkansas Children's Hospital, Mercy Health System and the state of Arkansas. Teachers in all subject areas are able to use the up-to-date materials to teach health-related lessons, all of which meet state and federal education standards. The program will soon expand to up to 170 more schools. Children's Hospital officials contend that "health literacy" is a 21st century skill that too many of the state's students have yet to master.

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