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Collaboration and Intersectionality is Key to Success for State Level School Wellness Policy

Collaboration and Intersectionality is Key to Success for State Level School Wellness Policy

October 2, 2019

Written by: Ge Ge

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On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, the WELL Campaign hosted a Roundtable at Teachers College, Columbia University, gathering 15 faculty and former graduates across disciplines to discuss wellness policies and school-based opportunities to promote student's physical, mental, and emotional health. The Roundtable was facilitated by Tisch Policy Fellow at the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy and doctoral student in the Program in Nutrition, Laura Raaen and Tisch Food Center’s Deputy Director, Claire Raffel.

Key themes that emerged included unequal allocation of educational resources, how to incorporate sustainability into school wellness, and how to reinforce health education for teachers and other school staff. Roundtable participants stressed the importance of intersectionality and continued advocacy efforts to get the NYS Department of Education and elected officials on board. 

Key takeaways from the event:

  • Wellness policies could be stronger and more comprehensive as 87% of policies lack at least one federally required component.

  • Students’ physical, mental, emotional health and well-being are closely  linked and contribute to student success. 

  • A model wellness policy can provide guidance and support to school districts and ensure the best environment for healthy and happy students. 

  • Establishing and implementing a state-level model school wellness policy requires combined advocacy efforts across disciplines, from fighting inequity and poverty, to promoting  sustainability and nutrition education.

The WELL Campaign will continue to gather diverse perspectives in future Roundtables to ensure the intersectionality of advocacy efforts. 

Join the first #SchoolWELLnessNY Twitter Chat, an online Roundtable with WELL Campaign Partners on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019  at 11:30am EST.