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      Student Health is Focus of March Summit

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      Students, parents, educators and health professionals areinvited to the Center for People in Need in Lincoln for the annual summit onchildren's health.

      Local and national experts will speak about children'shealth, including the connection between student health and academicperformance. This year's theme is School Wellness: A Foundation for AcademicSuccess. The summit is provided by Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids, anonprofit organization that works to improve nutrition and increase physicalactivity in schools to address issues related to overweight, sedentary andundernourished youth.

      "Nebraska educators know that academic achievement andstudent health are connected. We know that healthy children learn better. Ourschools have an important role in the focus on student health," said NebraskaEducation Commissioner Roger Breed.

      Highlights of the summit include:

        • School administrators' discussion on integrating wellness into the school environment;
        • Keynote speakers:
        • NorrisPublic Schools Superintendent John Skretta presents Stepping Up: EmbracingOur Responsibility as Healthy Role Models for Kids, and
        • JeffPerry, superintendent of Wise Public Schools in Virginia, presents Makingthe Connections: Brain-Based Learning and Promoting Healthy Students.
        • Nebraska schools that have demonstrated leadership in wellness will be recognized; and
        • Student Track: Student-only track aimed at developing middle and high school students into wellness leaders in their schools and communities.

        The summit will be held 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Center forPeople in Need, 3901 N. 27th St., # 1 in Lincoln.

        The summit is cosponsored by the Nebraska Department ofHealth and Human Services, Nebraska Department of Education, ConAgra FoodsFoundation, Hunger Free Heartland and Midwest Dairy and supported by areavolunteers.

        Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids, which is affiliated withthe national organization Action for Healthy Kids, is a coalition of Nebraskaorganizations and government agencies focused on education, health, fitness andnutrition. For more information on Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids or thesummit, go to www.actionforhealthykids.org/nebraska.

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