BOSTON (AP) — Boston city and public school officials are set to gather for a meeting on how bad health affects student performance.
Charles Basch, professor of health education at Columbia University Teachers College, will be the keynote speaker.READ MORE: "Time for the village to step up": Volunteers help ease nationwide baby formula shortage
He authored a recent study that indicated that healthier students are better learners.
According to the study, student performance is negatively affected by things including asthma, lack of sufficient physical activity, skipping breakfast and hyperactivity.READ MORE: Video: Likely tornado spotted in Charlestown, New Hampshire
The student groups most affected by poor health include blacks, Latinos and low-income students living in urban areas.
City officials say Tuesday’s meeting will identify opportunities to help eliminate health issues that create academic achievement gaps among students.MORE NEWS: Bail hearing postponed for Nathan Carman, charged in mom's death at sea
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