The Vision Impact Institute has announced a 1-year collaboration with the Cooper Institute.
The collaborative effort, supported by a grant from the Rosewood Foundation, seeks to raise awareness about the need for adequate vision and physical health in children, according to a joint press release.
“We see this partnership as a natural connection between the two organizations and are grateful to the Rosewood Foundation for the opportunity to add this new component to our work,” Amy Johnson, chief development officer of the Cooper Institute, said in the release. “Our research proves that physically fit kids perform better in school. And the Vision Impact Institute research provides evidence of the same success for children who can see well in the classroom.”
Using digital platforms, the Cooper Institute will use eyesight-related research done by the Vision Impact Institute to bring attention to the problems children with poor vision encounter, according to the release. In addition, The Cooper Institute will use its research as the basis for practical solutions to improve physical fitness and healthy living with tools such as FitnessGram, a “student fitness report card” that assess youth health.
“Experts agree that 80% of all learning occurs visually,” Kristan Gross, global executive director of the Vision Impact Institute, said in the release. Today, eyeglasses could correct the poor vision of 239 million children around the world. It makes sense to give our kids all the tools they need to be successful, and vision and fitness are two of those tools that can give children a solid foundation from the outset.”