Department of School Health
Lisa Whitlock BSN RN NCSN
Director of School Health
4781 Hereford Farm Road
Evans GA 30809
Research shows that students with untreated vision, hearing, dental, and/or nutrition problems do not perform well academically in school:
- Tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic disease in children—5 times more frequent than asthma and 7 times more than hay fever.
- Children with poor oral health are almost 3 times more likely than their counterparts to miss school because of dental pain.
- Visual functioning significantly predicts academic performance in school-age children.
- The prevalence rate of visual impairment in children under the age of 18 is 25 per 1,000.
- 14.9 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 19 have a hearing loss that is significant enough to put them at risk of failing at least one grade level.
- Studies have found that access to nutrition and exercise can enhance a student’s psychosocial well-being, reduce aggression, decrease discipline problems, and improve academic outcomes.