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October 18, 1995

The Role of Schools in Healthy People 2000-Reply

Author Affiliations

US Public Health Service Washington, DC

JAMA. 1995;274(15):1195-1196. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530150019014

In Reply.  —We are grateful to Dr Heeb for emphasizing the importance of school health education to health progress. Schools represent the only public institution that touches nearly every young person in America. Schools have a unique opportunity to affect the lives of children and their families, and when linked in effective partnerships with public and private health care providers, community organizations, and families, schools can help meet the compelling challenges facing children.A high proportion of preventable morbidity and mortality is caused by behaviors learned by youth and carried into adulthood: tobacco use, alcohol use, drug abuse, unprotected sexual intercourse, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity. Schools can address and help to prevent these behaviors.There is a growing understanding that children must be healthy and well educated. A significant number of children may be limited in their school performance by health-related problems and unhealthy behaviors. Low educational achievement is

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