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Health & Wellness
Recent brain research makes a clear case that students are simply not active enough. By increasing student activity, achievement will rise and negative behaviors will decrease.
Ludlow-Taylor prioritizes our mission to maximize student outcomes academically, socially, and physically. It was one of ten schools chosen to join the new DCPS School Design Lab for the 2018-2019 school year. We will focus on developing a Health and Wellness program modeled around Spark, a Harvard-researched book that explains the connection between exercise and the brain. The foundational shifts for this program will begin with the following activities:
The Mission: At Ludlow-Taylor ES, we feel that it is our mission to maximize student outcomes academically, socially, and physically. By examining incredible research from Dr. John Ratey in Spark, we are confident that with strategic planning around a health-positive school structure, students’ chances of having the most successful, healthy and joyful lives beyond LTES will dramatically improve.
The Research: According to the Center for Disease Control, “in the United States, the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s, with data from 2015-2016 showing that nearly 1 in 5 school age children and young people (6 to 19 years) in the United States has obesity.” There is an additional 30% of children on the cusp of having obesity. Additionally, according to Brain Rules by John Medina, “children who are fit, have a higher ability to access cognitive resources to a task and do so for a longer period of time.” We can infer from this that students do not access to sufficient physical activity and nutritional instruction during the school-day, negatively impacting student physical health, while also not allowing for maximum learning opportunities.
The Plan: Working with multiple partners across Washington, DC, we plan to include the following components in the first year of our school design, connected via our mission of every Ludlow-Taylor student, staff and community member finding the best version of themselves:
The program is being developed by a Design Tea. Members are: