Parents, teachers and caregivers will do all they can to ensure that a child's transition into a formal school setting is as successful as possible. There are many factors that help determine this success, but one stands out as foundational to all the rest: executive function.
Tammy Bray, dean of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and executive dean of the Division of Health Sciences at Oregon State University, announced today that she will step down from her position following a national search for her replacement.
"Right now, I am interested in exploring the unintended consequences of policies that at first glance might not be viewed as public health policy. My current research links agriculture and forest policy to mental and physical health," says CPHHS associate professor Steph Bernell.
The free eight-week class helps participants with the fundamentals of healthy eating such as choosing more vegetables over too many carbohydrates, baking instead of frying and substituting water for soda.
The best predictor of kids' academic success might not be how many letters they recognize by age 3, but how well they plan ahead, pay attention, remember and follow instructions, and control their impulses and emotions.