The School Wellness working group is a network of researchers and school health practitioners initiated in 2014 to share ongoing work pertaining to school wellness policies, programs, and practices, and to foster partnerships for continuing this work. This working group is part of both the CDC Physical Activity Policy Research Evaluation Network (PAPREN) and the Nutrition Obesity Policy Evaluation Network (NOPREN).
The working group aims to identify and address research and practice gaps and is focused in particular on the implementation and evaluation of district policies, state laws, and federal policies and their impact on wellness practices in K-12 school settings. Our mission is to utilize rigorous research to inform policy/practice to create and sustain health promoting school environments. Our vision is that every student in the U.S. attends a school that promotes wellness for the whole child.
Hannah Lane, PhD
Current position: Faculty, Duke University School of Medicine
Fellowship Project: Scoping Review of School-Based Environmental Audit Tools (under review)
Hannah Calvert, PhD
Current position: Faculty, Boise State University
Fellowship Project: Research Brief “Wellness Teams Work”
Collaborate with other working groups within PAPREN and NOPREN to achieve common agenda
Erin Hager, PhD from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Susan Gross, PhD and Kaitlyn Harper, MS from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health present data from their COVID-19 meal access projects from the spring and summer of 2020.
Rachel Sweeney, MS from Iowa State University will present on the School Wellness Integration Targeting Children’s Health (SWITCH) program, and Sheila Fleischhacker, PhD will present on her co-benefits of healthy eating project.
For meeting access information, contact Ann Pulling Kuhn (APullingKuhn@som.umaryland.edu)