Inquiry Magazine Northwestern School of Education and Social Policy


Penelope Peterson


Dear Friends,

Health issues and health policy are much in the news these days. Obamacare, food stamps, childhood obesity, nutrition and school lunches — these are just a few of the health topics making headlines.

Once upon a time, schools of education did not need to consider health issues. They dealt only with subject matter learning and with the training of teachers. Now we know that students do not learn when they come to school either hungry or malnourished. We also know that health continues to be important for the learning and education of youth and adults across the life span.

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  • Health

    In this issue: Health

    Healthy development for children and adults depends on information grounded in solid research. School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) researchers inform health policies and add to knowledge about health and well-being.

  • pathways to health and well-being across the life span
    Pathways to Health and Well-Being Across the Life Span

    If you’re working on an important project, do you stay up late to finish, or do you go to sleep at your usual bedtime? If your spouse says something hurtful, do you explode or stay calm? Research on human development shows that how you live your life now can have enormous consequences for how you will fare decades later.

  • A Better Prescription: Improving Health Literacy for All Patients
    A Better Prescription: Improving Health Literacy for All Patients

    If only it were enough to eat an apple a day to manage one’s health. Today, patients must read challenging information, make sense of numbers, do calculations and master varied technologies. Americans, who are increasingly using medications daily, are also faced with complex drug labels, vague verbal instructions and even conflicting dosage details.

    Kids' Health and Food Stamps: is There a Connection?

    For a family that struggles to put meals on the table, the long-range outlook for children dims.