Baylor School of Education Lecture Series Discusses Good Health and Good Grades

Oct. 9, 2009

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An apple a day may keep low grades away. Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, vice president and chief medical officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, will discuss exploring the symbiotic relationships between health and school achievement Oct. 13-14 at Baylor's School of Education.

The Baylor School of Education Distinguished Lecture Series engages the school, university and community in discussing important, relevant and challenging educational topics.

"The primary focus for the campus lecture is the impact of health-related issues on student achievement," said Dr. Doug Rogers, associate Dean for Student and Information Services.

Sanchez has received honors from the Texas Health Institute, American Heart Association and American Academy of Family Physicians. He is chair of the National Commission on Prevention Priorities and of the advisory committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The lecture, "The Role of Education in Achieving Optimal Health Status and the Influence of Health in Academic Achievement," will take place from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13 in Jones Theatre in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center.

"The speaker will address topics such as nutrition and the impact of poverty and the non-school related issues with health," Rogers said.

"The Symbiotic Relationship Between Health and School Achievement," a conversation with Sanchez, will take place from 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14 in the Education Service Center Region 12 community auditorium, 2101 W. Loop 340, Waco. The conversation will include an overview of the Baylor lecture followed by a discussion focusing on practical implications.

The lectures are free and open to the public. Register online for the morning session at www.esc12.net or call (254) 297-1210.

For more information, contact (254) 710-3111.

by Jessica Puente, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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