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Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies: Whole Child Health is a Central Tenet of a Green School
 
In the green schools movement, we talk a lot about creating healthy learning environments, spaces that are water and energy efficient; have superior indoor air quality; and produce little to no waste. We also talk a lot about how we can use these spaces as learning tools to teach students 21st century skills and how to be better environmental and community stewards. However, in our attempts to hold up sustainable school environments as models of the future, we often neglect to consider the third pillar of a green, healthy, and sustainable school: the health and well-being of students and staff.  
Mindfulness at the Heart of a Wellness Program

Tina Nilsen-Hodges, Founder and Principal of New Roots Charter School in Ithaca, New York, shares how her school has integrated mindfulness practices and yoga into their wellness programming, to the benefit of staff and students. 
'Moving' for Well-Being as the Third Teacher in 21st Century Schools

Dina Sorensen, Associate of VMDO Architects, and her co-authors Mary Moss Brown and Jeri Brittin, PhD discuss the importance of integrating movement in K-12 education and share how Charlotte Lab School has taken steps to be a "school in motion." 
Schools Cut Meat and Cheese, Serve Up Big Wins for Kids and Climate

Kari Hamerschlag and Christopher D. Cook discuss how the Oakland Unified School District's switch to more plant-based meals had an impact on student and environmental health, and how their efforts are just part of a growing national trend. 
The Whole Child is the Whole Story: Holistic Health and Well-Being in K-12 Schools

Andrew Elsworth, Vice President of Health and Learning at the Green Building Alliance, describes two emerging frameworks that put children at the center of the school and why this shift in thinking and decision-making is crucial for improved student health and well-being. 
Physical Literacy Takes Root in Schools with a Whole Child Approach

Susan Kamin, registered dietitian and chief wellness officer at the National Association of Physical Literacy, describes how her organization's training and curriculum is helping teachers and coaches infuse physical literacy throughout the school day, from the classroom to the athletic field. 
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds: Feeding the Future
 
Karla Dumas, Rebecca Portman, and Kate Watts with Forward Food, a program of The Humane Society of the United States, discuss the benefits of adding more plant-based options to school menus through initiatives such as Meatless Monday and Lean & Green Day. 
Piece of Peace: Empowering Kids through Education to Live Healthier Lives
 
Jackie Brenner, a student at Phillips Exeter Academy  and founder of Piece of Peace, shares how she was inspired to start her own nonprofit that connects nutrition education and yoga in ways that are fun and educational for kids of all ages. 
Yoga in the Classroom

Increase focus, relieve stress, and help improve mental, emotional, and physical well-being for yourself and your students. Reprinted with permission from Green Teacher magazine and originally authored by Marina Ebert. 
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