This program identifies the early stages of mental health issues in ninth grade freshmen at
DeBakey High School for Health Professions in the Texas Medical Center. It is a collaboration
with ISH, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital and DeBakey High School. This program offers two yoga classes a week for twelve weeks each academic semester and is
taught by nationally certified yoga teachers. About 60 students participate in the yoga class
while another 60 are in a control group. Each student completes a Rating Scales Assessment at
the beginning and end of each semester. The scales measure stress, attention, and sleep
patterns. This is a voluntary program and the class is offered during the students' Health
Science class. It has been approved by the Baylor College of Medicine Institutional Review
Board for Research.
A similar program is being offered this Fall at Sutton Elementary School as an after-school
option for fifth graders.