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Building the Evidence: Investing in Research Supporting the Need for Healthy and Active Schools

December 2014

Steve Coen, President and CEO, Kansas Health Foundation

Those leading our education system today face an enormous amount of pressure, from funding issues to curriculum changes, from absenteeism to state assessment scores. With so much to consider and so much to fit into each school day, leaders are often forced to make decisions that de-prioritize an important aspect of a child’s development: physical activity. Following discussions with numerous stakeholders, the Kansas Health Foundation found that a critical missing piece in making the case for the importance of physical activity at school was timely, state-specific data linking student fitness and academics.


PDF Format Views from the Field: 12-15-2014 (KHF)