Friday, July 1, 2011

Lincoln High Wellness Series Looks at Music, Stress and Healthy Communities

How music helps the mind, stress management and healthy communities are the topics for the three remaining sessions of the Lincoln High School Health Council’s Community Wellness Series.

The council, which helps to empower students to become advocates for health and wellness in the school and community, along with U.C. San Diego, has put together seminars that bring experts to the Lincoln campus for discussions of interest to students, parents and community members.

The next session, “Music and the Mind,” is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 28. Dr. Makeba Jones, Dr. Aniruddh D. Patel from the Neurosciences Institute, and Sundiata Kata of the San Diego Youth Symphony will discuss the benefits of music on mental health and cognitive development. The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s Opus Orchestra, Oak Park Music Academy African Drummers, and the International Youth Symphony will perform.

Two more seminars are scheduled for this fall. At 6 p.m., Sept. 1, the topic “Managing Stress for Academic Success” is scheduled, with Reality Changers’ Chris Yanov moderating. And, at 6 p.m. Oct. 20, Dr. James P. Cormer, Yale University child psychologist, will discuss how parents, educators and the community can come together to help improve students’ emotional and academic lives.

The seminars are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact: Kathy Ryan at (619) 266-6502 or; or Martha Corrales at (619) 266-6517 or