School Health

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  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.