Why are one in three children medicated today? That’s one of the many important questions that caught the attention of actress and philanthropist Goldie Hawn as she sought to learn more about how kids’ brains works and what we can do to help ease stress on their brains and better their everyday lives. The result? A revolutionary MindUP education initiative.
Watch Hawn talk about how her program is transforming schools and learning across the country:
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The Hawn Foundation’s signature program, MindUP, is a collection of self-regulatory strategies and skills developed to improve behavior and learning for children. Among the various MindUP skills taught to students, focused attention and increased optimism are key, both of which display the potential to have a long-term impact on brain function and social and emotional behavior.
“This program called MindUP goes into the classroom … the teacher embeds it inside of the classroom and these kids are happier, they’re more attentive, they’re doing better in reading, they’re doing better in math,” Hawn says.
Among other benefits, the program helps children focus, sit to become calm and remedy their own stress. Students become engaged because of the MindUP program – whether they be special-needs children, victims of abuse, children in public or private schools, and even those in medical centers.
Hawn also released a book on the subject, 10 Mindful Minutes, which shows parents, grandparents and teachers how to help shape children’s brains and lead happy lives.
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