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Building a Kinder, Healthier Future

Students and schools benefit from new service-learning program — health. moves. minds.™

By Larissa Kulczycky

Across the country — at all grade levels — schools are seeing growing numbers of students with anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. It’s getting harder and harder for young people to cope with societal pressures, bullying and other sources of stress.

These alarming trends spurred the development of health. moves. minds. — the new educational service-learning program from SHAPE America and its national partner, Gopher.

The health. moves. minds. program teaches young people how to take care of their mind and body while developing important character traits such as kindness and empathy. It includes skills-based and standards-based classroom and event resources for teachers as well as a fundraising component. After being piloted this spring by 21 schools, the program will kick off nationally in fall 2019.

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