I’ve been reading a lot about the social-emotional mental-health supports around our students in schools, whether it be the language we use, different systems in place, or different resources available in and affiliated with the schools. And as I think about all of this, and thinking about the teachers and the staff—the people who are with our children every day— perhaps we need to take a step back and just look at ourselves. We know children model what they see in us as adults, so to me we need to take advice from this little four-year-old, and practice Joy. Model it for our children and embrace it for ourselves. Practice Joyful Living Daily #PJLD #Joy

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Dr. Cathy Ramstetter is the founder of Successful Healthy Children. Cathy is a Health Educator with experience in school health leadership, community-level health promotion, service learning and teaching. Cathy’s work focuses on community-engaged and school-based collaboration for communities to promote health-sustaining environments and to foster children’s healthy growth and development—intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. She led Participatory Action Research with a local elementary school to promote health through the Coordinated School Health model and facilitated work with 12 municipal-community teams in local communities for the CDC’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant. She co-authored the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy on Recess in collaboration with pediatricians in Ohio. DrR@SuccessfulHealthyChildren.org

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