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PACKED HOUSE! st u den t s an lon g w it h su ppor t as n eeded. As t h is pr ogr am is u n iqu e t o M assach u set t s, w e pr ovided h ist or ical f act s, r eview ed t h e t im elin e of sch ool par t icipat ion an d legislat ion , an d discu ssed t h e det ails of t h e scr een in g t ool an d im plem en t at ion of t h e pr ogr am in ou r dist r ict s. Aggr egat e dat a on t h e scr een in g an d r esu lt s w as also sh ar ed w it h t h e au dien ce. I w as also in vit ed t o sh ar e a post er pr esen t at ion on t h e h ealt h cu r r icu lu m t h at I h ave been developin g f or older st u den t s w it h disabilit ies. At t h is t im e, n o su ch pr ogr am is r eadily available f or t h is par t icu lar gr ou p of st u den t s. I st ill h ave m or e w or k t o do, bu t m y goal is t o develop addit ion al r esou r ces over t h e n ext cou ple of year s so t h at I can sh ar e a f or m al pr ogr am w it h ot h er dist r ict s in t h e n ear f u t u r e. Bot h pr esen t at ion s w er e w ell-r eceived an d w e h ad m an y in -dept h con ver sat ion s w it h con f er en ce par t icipan t s t h r ou gh ou t t h e w eek . Sin ce ou r r et u r n t o t h e Un it ed St at es, t h e Nat ion al Associat ion of Sch ool Nu r ses h as h igh ligh t ed ou r pr esen t at ion s an d sch ool n u r ses an d leader s f r om ot h er st at es h ave been eager t o lear n m or e abou t ou r ef f or t s in M assach u set t s. Wh ile in St ock h olm , I w as excit ed t o h ear abou t a n ew in it iat ive u n der w ay by t h e Wor ld Healt h Or gan izat ion t o pr om ot e h ealt h y sch ools. Du r in g t h e con f er en ce, at t en dees w er e in vit ed t o com plet e a qu est ion n air e f r om w h ich in f or m at ion w ill be gat h er ed t o assist in t h e developm en t an d global im plem en t at ion of t h is em er gin g pr ogr am . Th e Healt h y Food Cam paign , spear h eaded by M ich elle Obam a, h as played a sign if ican t r ole in pr om ot in g h ealt h y f oods an d bet t er f ood-labelin g in t h e Un it ed St at es. I alw ays t h ou gh t Eu r ope h ad a h ealt h ier lif est yle t h an w e h ave h er e, so I w as su r pr ised t o h ear f r om ou r Sw edish cou n t er par t s t h at t h eir st u den t s do n ot eat adequ at e por t ion s of f r u it s an d veget ables? in par t becau se Sw eden?s clim at e is n ot con du cive t o gr ow in g t h e lar ge var iet y of f oods t h at w e t ak e f or gr an t ed in t h e U.S. Th er ef or e, n at ion w ide in it iat ives ar e t ak in g place in Sw eden t o in t r odu ce h ealt h y f oods an d t o en cou r age con su m pt ion of a m or e balan ced diet . On t h e ot h er h an d, com par ed w it h t h e U.S., exer cise is m or e w idely pr act iced in Sw eden , w h er e m ost in dividu als w alk or bik e t o sch ool an d w or k . Ot h er con f er en ce session s t ou ch ed on t h e valu e of dat a collect ion t o ach ieve posit ive ou t com es, pr ogr am s developed by n u r ses t o r edu ce an xiet y an d st r ess in m edical visit s, an d h ow t o su ppor t st u den t s as t h ey t r an sit ion t o adu lt h ood. Of par t icu lar in t er est h er e in An dover , r esear ch con t in u es to explor e r eason s f or absen t eeism an d t o det er m in e t h e ef f ect s of sleep pat t er n s on t een ager s an d t h eir edu cat ion . St ill ot h er por t ion s of t h e con f er en ce addr essed t h e im por t an ce of in -sch ool HPV vaccin at ion s an d t h e n ecessit y of m u lt idisciplin ar y case m an agem en t . Th e w eek w as pack ed w it h lear n in g f r om on e an ot h er an d sh ar in g best pr act ices so t h at w e can su ppor t t h e h ealt h n eeds of ou r st u den t s, pr ovide f u ll access t o edu cat ion , an d im pact st u den t s? su ccess as t h ey r each adu lt h ood.