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It works, so we’ve expanded program promoting physical and mental health

2015 April 8
by HISD Communications

This is a great time of the school year, as we finish our year’s studies and prepare for what next year will bring – whether it’s promotion to a new grade and fresh challenges, a different school, or graduation and higher education or workforce training.

High-stakes testing and anticipating those changes also make this one of the most stressful times of the year, and that’s why it seemed fitting this week that we announced the expansion of a program that is helping thousands of our students cope with anxiety and challenges.

This health and wellness program uses yoga poses and breath-control exercises along with group discussions and nutrition and character education to help students reduce stress, sharpen their focus, and stay calm. In partnership with the Sonima Foundation, 14,000 HISD students at 26 schools are now improving their health — both physical and mental. We started the program this year at 12 schools.

Athletics and purely physical activity still have their place to teach healthy competition, perspective, and teamwork. But we’re excited about this new program that promotes the connection between a healthy body and healthy mind through lifelong wellness and a balanced life.

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