The Environmental Health and Asthma Subcommittee (EHAS) of the Arlington Public Schools School Health Advisory Board is taking on several issues for 2017-18 and is seeking new members to join the committee and attend its December 6 meeting.
The National Press Club hosted an Interdisciplinary Summit on Children and Screen Time November 1 with several pediatric media experts who have been involved in the first-ever special supplement to the journal Pediatrics on the issue of children and screen time. The non-profit organization Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development convened the summit and sponsored the Pediatrics supplement.
Parents engaged in public schools have a tremendous opportunity to effect change and improve the lives of hundreds of children. Whether your personal passion is nutrition, outdoor learning, mindfulness, conscious alternatives to reward and punishment systems, movement, gardening, recycling and composting or other topics related to health, wellness and sustainability, there are lots of ways to get involved and inspire others.
Summer is winding down, but opportunities for learning and playing abound! Several terrific events are coming to the DC area in the next few months, and you’ll for sure want to tune in to some great free online summits to gain knowledge on your own time.
On Tuesday, April 25, NoVA Outside will put on its 6th annual School Environmental Action Showcase, or SEAS, at George Mason University. The day for students K-12 is an immersion in STEM, an opportunity for public speaking, an education about environmental stewardship and a career fair all rolled into one. Read More
Whether you’re an early childhood educator, a parent or a grandparent, there are tremendous benefits to getting children outdoors in nature. This Saturday, NoVA Outside is organizing a half-day conference called “Getting Kids Outdoors in Nature: Making it Happen” to provide support, strategies, ideas and the reasoning behind getting outside that will inspire any adult working with young children.
Inspirational self-empowerment speaker Brie Mathers is in town sharing her “Love the Skin You’re In” presentation with girls in Arlington Public Schools. Her presentation helps girls understand how ideas of beauty are socially constructed and uses mindfulness tools to show them how to connect to their inner selves and to others in a way that nurtures their spirits.
School gardens are such a terrific resource on so many levels, but it takes work to get one started, to maintain a program, and to hand it over when it’s time for key players move on. Fortunately, there are lots of resources out there to support parents and teachers who value outdoor learning and gardening programs. Read More