School Health

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 Department of School Health

 

Lisa Whitlock BSN RN NCSN

Director of School Health

lisa.whitlock@ccboe.net
4781 Hereford Farm Road
Evans GA 30809
706.541.4090

 

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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.