Health and learning are deeply interconnected in the body - An action guide for policymakersThis brief distills three Key Points from Working Paper 15: ‘Connecting the Brain to the Rest of the Body’:
1. The brain and all other systems in the body interact with each other as they adapt to the environment.
2. Experiences during the prenatal period and first 2-3 years after birth affect lifelong health at least as much as they affect school achievement.
3. Inflammation, as part of the body’s stress response, helps defend against infection, injury, and acute threat—but persistent inflammation in response to chronic adversity can have long-term, disruptive effects on physical and mental well-being.
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Organization: Harvard Center for the Developing Child
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