Dr. Kristi Sandvik, superintendent of the Buckeye Elementary School District, participated in the National Superintendent Roundtable at the American Heart Association’s Annual Scientific Sessions Conference on Nov. 15 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was one of only 10 superintendents in the nation invited to participate.
The American Heart Association (AHA) is committed, in conjunction with local school districts across the nation, to implementing wellness programs in our schools. Better known as the Kids Heart Challenge and American Heart Challenge, AHA is taking a bold new direction to help students improve health and better their character.
Currently, 1 in 4 youth vape in the United States, making it one of the top health concerns facing students and communities.
AHA is addressing the vaping issue through a three-pronged approach: science, advocacy and community action. It announced a sweeping research investment, policy advocacy fund and youth activation campaign demanding “Big Vape” #QuitLying. The National Superintendent Forum allowed superintendents from across the nation to discuss the serious issues students are facing regarding vaping.
Sandvik was the only superintendent asked to participate in another panel discussion, which also included a student and a scientist. The focus was to provide information and discussion for donors to garner more support for the #QuitLying campaign.
Dr. Sandvik summarized the work of the forum by stating, “We are taking proactive steps to support and educate youth before vaping becomes the next opioid crisis.” School districts across the nation will be asked to pass board resolutions in support of raising awareness and addressing vaping issues in their schools.