Dr. David Gleason, longtime consulting psychologist at Concord Academy and the author of At What Cost: Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools, will speak at St. Mark's on Friday, October 11, at 3:00 p.m. in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall. The event, part of Family Weekend, is free and open to the public. Dr. Gleason will also meet with student, faculty, and administrative groups during the weekend. On Saturday evening, he will participate in the St. Mark's College Counseling program.
Mission Statement: To create a community where all members have the essential tools to be their best selves, so that they can be physically, emotionally and socially prepared to make healthy lifestyle choices. To have a Wellness Program that educates and empowers everyone at St. Mark’s to be self-advocates as they journey towards leading lives of leadership and service.
“About twelve years ago, our founder read a white page paper that highlighted the fact that cancer survival rates in the 15-40-year-old age group hadn't improved in almost 40-years. Other age groups were seeing improvement in survival rates (i.e. pediatric cancer, older adults w/ cancer) but survival rates for that group were stagnant. There was a wide range of reasons why this seemed to be the case, but it really came down to late detection. Individuals in that group don't tend to go to the doctor as frequently and/or don't necessarily think "cancer" as a potential diagnosis, which tends to lead to later detection and, consequently, unimproved survival rates.
Our founder, after reading this, felt strongly that people needed to know about the impact early detection can make on both survival rates and treatment options and that there are things we can all do as individuals to give us a better chance of detecting things early if something does start to go wrong with our health and, as a result founded 15-40 Connection.
While the statistic about that age group was a motivating factor behind starting this organization, we now run programs for people of all ages and the health strategies we discuss are applicable whether you're in that 15-40 age group or not.”
Importance of Sleep on Performance. Dr. Connors describes her presentation, “I will go over the sleep cycle to teach the students about what happens when you fall asleep and how much sleep is needed by teenagers and young adults. Additionally, I will discuss the effects of too little sleep on the brain and body and common reasons for too little sleep. Students will learn how lack of sleep influences performance in a negative way, including how the brain needs sleep to consolidate new learning. I will also teach the students how to improve sleep and how to nap for maximum performance, ie the “power nap” vs “catching up on sleep.” We will problem solve around common sleep issues and I will leave room for questions”.
Our student community has a tendency to do their homework at the last minute. Not much regard is given to the amount of necessary sleep that help fuels academic performance. This coupled with the increase in gaming will help our fifth formers realize that screen time can affect your sleep cycle and this, in turn, will leave you lethargic for class.
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