DHMAS: Physical Activity as a Potential Tool for Prevention

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DHMAS: Physical Activity as a Potential Tool for Prevention

April 4, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Child & Family Agency and DMHAS Present: 

The Potential for Physical Activity to Facilitate Success in School and Beyond

In this day-long workshop, we will learn about the value and feasibility of physical activity during the school day, from early childhood through high school, for academic and social outcomes.  Each presenter will describe important issues within their expertise, as well as offer an opportunity for participants to participate in specific physical activities.  Dr. Meyer, the moderator, will begin the day by providing historical context regarding our increasingly sedentary lifestyles and the impact of those lifestyles on health and well-being.  Dr. Ratey will then share his expertise regarding the role schools can play as agents of change in promoting health at the population level.  Dr. Sharma hone in on early childhood, presenting her research on promoting physical activity in early childhood settings and issues related to training and supporting staff.  Dr. Stahl will then turn the focus to early adolescence, sharing her research on using yoga as approach to promote self-regulation and prevent drug abuse in middle school students.  Dr. Meyer will then moderate a closing discussion to synthesize and apply the information presented on the benefits of increased physical activity and decreased inactivity.  This comprehensive and experiential approach to the day will facilitate participant understanding of how physical activity can promote academic and social outcomes, above and beyond positive health outcomes. 


John Ratey, Ph.D.
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School 

Shreela Sharma, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the University of Texas School of Public Health 

Mindy Herman-Stahl, Ph.D.
Research Psychologist in the Behavioral Health Division at Research Triangle Institute


Aleta L. Meyer, Ph.D.
Division of Family Strengthening; Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Administration for Children and Families


Date:  Friday, April 4, 2014

Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Registration:  8:30 a.m.

Place:  Hilton Garden Inn, 85 Glastonbury Blvd., Glastonbury, CT  06033  

Phone: 860-659-1025


A light breakfast and lunch are provided without charge.

There is no cost for attending this seminar. 

Please register online at www.childandfamilyagency.org (click on Workshops & complete the Registration Form) or email Lori Stanis at stanisl@childandfamilyagency.org

(phone: 860-443-2896 x1400)



Social Work CEU’S have been applied for.


Funding for this seminar series is made possible by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).


April 4, 2014
9:00 am - 3:00 pm