Getting health, physical education into schools key to reversing troubling health trends

Originally published Aug. 28, 2017 in the Tennessean.

The health and well-being of Tennessee’s children are getting in the way of learning — a problem that foreshadows deeper economic and health struggles in the future, according to multiple experts who met in Nashville Monday.

Fusing health education and literacy into schools will be central to improving both the physical and educational well-being of Tennessee’s students, according to conversations between a wide array of health and education experts at what Dr. Richard Besser, CEO of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, called a “landmark” summit in Nashville.

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