On July 24th, The North Texas Chapter of American Diabetes Association, along with Texas Education Agency’s Region 10 ESC and Green Oaks Hospital, hosted the second annual “Connecting the Dots for Coordinated School Health Symposium”.
Coordinated School Health is an effective system designed by the Center of Disease Control to connect health (physical, emotional, and social) with education. The coordinated approach improves students’ health and their capacity to learn through the support of families, communities, and schools working together. The symposium will provide valuable information to an estimated 300 school health community leaders including health/PE teachers, nutrition services personnel, administrators, school nurses, and parents.
The keynote speaker was Marisa Rathbone, Director of Policy and Programs for ACTIVE Life.
Crystal Jackson, National Director-Safe At School, American Diabetes Association spoke on Diabetes Hazards in Schools and address advocacy initiatives.
Other topics included a six person panel discussion on the roles of family, counselors, school nurses, dieticians, the community and State legislators in effective diabetes management and prevention. Mavis Knight, Texas State Board of Education, addressed the impact of legislation on Texas student’s health and safety.
The program is part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Initiative collaboration with American Diabetes Association.