Interdisciplinary Approaches in Promotion of Physical Education and Health

In this symposium, with the theme of Interdisciplinary Approaches in Promotion of Holistic Health, 4 presenters from China, Spain, Agrentina and USA are introducing several atypical variations of the unfolding health care revolution. The first is an exploration of how the regular practice of, and benefit from, Chinese Internal Energetics Arts went beyond accelerating general sport acumen to also improving general life balance and quality, the healing of sports injuries, and the general improvement of people’s health, harmonious values and quality of life. The second presentation addresses the emerging field of Hospital Pedagogy and its mission to deliver quality education to challenged childrens. It focuses on the benefit of adapting strategies, materials and educational resources to those who, because of health problem or risk of hospital admission, cannot receive K-12 education in conventional schools are discussed. The third presentation addresses ”Emotional Education” and its implications for innovation across emotional intelligence, neuroscience, and positive psychology by the prevention of negative feelings such as anxiety, stress, depression, violence, conflicts etc., and will share case illustrations. The fourth and final presentation will emphasize the importance of mental health within K-12- and the significance of its absense, and will propose its introduction via the skillful ‘non-obtrustive’ integration of age-specific mental health curriculum across atypical points of contact via youthful pleasures – sports, fitness, filmed content, gamified digital content, immersion, etc. A 10-minute round table minute discussion will be conducted after these presentations.

Chair and Presenter

Educational Warrior
Ed.M Harvard Graduate School of Education
Advisory Board,
Advisory Board,
Executive Producer, JOBS (the movie)

David C. Traub has enjoyed 30+ years of global experience as a digital education-centric ”social impact” media producer, entrepreneur, venture catalyst, board member and/or advisor. Life mission: the delivery of mental health and economic development education via entertainment and intelligent technologies. His activities include advisory relationship with, a digital youth wellness platform delivering physical education, mental and nutritional health and increasingly, SDG education and leadership to 2-3m kids/day across 70+ countries via partners; an Advisory relationship with, a non-profit dedicated to activating, measuring and accelerating the UN’s 17 SDGs; and the “17 Questions,” a ‘mythological evaluation tool’ helpig people understand their life purpose. David is an award-winning producer of multiple digital media products, concerts and feature films, with JOBS, the story of Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutscher, his most recent major feature film project to screen. David is also an author of nearly 50 articles and reports, has given nearly 100 forward-looking global speeches, and earned an Ed.M in 1990 from Harvard University, simultaneous class-work at MIT’s Media Lab and Harvard’s Business School. In 1984 he earned undergraduate degrees in rhetoric and film with honors from UC Berkeley.

Delivering the Missing Piece of Modern K-12 Education - Mental health and economic Development – via Fitness, Entertainment and other Alternative Pathways

Modern K-12’s educational purpose is arguably two-fold: develop youth as healthy ’human capital,’ optimized as economically competitive and innovative work force; and ideally, optimize the child’s potential for a meaningful, healthy quality of life. Yet how can kids be expected to so evolve when the majority of the challenges sitting in their short term memory are of a social and emotional versus academic nature?  How can we expect our youth to embrace each classroom’s intellectual mission when they have not achieved sufficient mental health to understand they have the intelligence to do so? Or to understand why they feel as they do amongst their peers of similar or opposite gender? Or feel compelled to bully, drink, smoke or join gangs? In American there are nearly 500 students/counselor – 2x the ideal ratio [1]. Public school counselors only spend an average of 22% [2] of their time with students, primarily focusing on job and college acquisition versus mental health guidance. Given that mental health is not considered a fundamental component of modern K-12 education, where and how does it find its way into the classroom?  For answers look to where much of today’s youth acquire their social and cultural knowledge – entertainment such as movies,TV, sports, and increasingly, gaming, interactive social media, immersion (VR/AR) plus associated metaphors. My aim is to (1) argue for the efficacy of introducing heretofore missing mental health education as part of valuable alternative ’non academic’ K-12 engagements such as physical fitness, movement, nutritional health and environmental leadership activities; and (2) to deploy related curriculum via communications modalities both familiar and desired by target youth populations (e.g., gamification, video, interactivity, immersion etc.) - in complement to conventional classroom protocols. I believe so doing will measurably increase student retention, success, quality of life – and a more positive tomorrow for Humanity.  


Zhaoxia DING
Founder, Marianne.Yi” Sino French Cultural Association
Creator, Qi Yun Tai Chi

Zhaoxia Ding is the Founder and Technical Director of the Association “Marianne Yi and she devotes her life to help promote Taichi, Chi Gong and Chinese traditional healing knowledge to the world. Her various activities cover the fields of Sport Management, Martial Art & Chinese culture, health & stress management, Martial arts & Artistic performance. She learned Chinese Gongfu from her very young age and when competing, she won 7 gold national medals for Sword, Spear and Taekwondo. She was a member of the First Chinese National Taekwondo team. She has been honoured as one of 100 hundred most famous Taichi masters of the world in 2016. Educated and nurtured with both cultures of the East (Beijing Sports University) and the West (French National Institute of Sport, University Catholic of Louvain, Belgium), she has been involved in the organisation of the most important international events of the past years: demonstration of ten thousand people practising Taichi (Tian An Men,1998); World Championship 2007; 2008 Beijing Olympics as a technical official, 2010 Asian Games as a Deputy Manager, Youth Olympics 2014. As an international ambassador for Chinese culture, she was on the cover of several martial arts magazine, and also wrote articles for magazines (Chinese, French), and has been interviewed on several occasions by TV channels. She is also a respected artist who performs and demonstrates her art on the international stages: such as a unique representation for the 2016 Asian French cultural festival in Singapore.

The Linkage of Chinese Internal Martial Arts (Taichi & Qigong) with Holistic Health

This presentation will aim to introduce how the regular practice of Chinese internal energetics arts goes beyond general sport and can help improve general health but also life balance and quality. Also by sharing my own personal experience of being a former high level sporter, who had to fight many adversity (injuries, pressure of competing etc.), how the positive values and effects of Taichi& Qigong helped me to continue my sport life and motivated me to spread those values and knowledge to help improve people health and build harmonious values for better life quality. Iour modern society, the general stress and health issues caused by life styles and work conditions (work on computers, long time commuting and fastfood etc.) are increasing. Taichi &Qi gong can provide some answers to help individuals change their movements and exercice habits plus reduce their stress. The development of those practices in China is becoming again a priority for the Chinese gouvernement to help improve the Chinese citizen’s health. Still it isn't well known for the westerners (sometimes perceived as a mysterious practice and fitness for relaxation). There is a cultural gap to be overcome and explained to support the promotion of internal energetic arts as a living art that is more than just a sport practice and physical education.

Prof. Dr. Verónica Violant HOLZ
Department of Didactic and Educational Organization
University of Barcelona

Prof. Dr. Verónica Violant Holz, is a doctor in psychology, graduated in clinical psychology and qualified in Training to Children’s teachers. She is a Professor at the Department of Didactic and Educational Organization (University of Barcelona). Leader of the postgraduate studies: Hospital Pedagogy in Neonatology and Pediatrics. Chief Investigator of the acknowledged research group (SGR, 806): Hospital Pedagogy in Neonatology and Pediatrics. She has been developing her career as a professor and researcher for more than 20 years in the field of Creativity and Health in Hospital Pedagogy. She has been invited in a national and international level in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Taiwan, and Venezuela to give conferences on those topics. She is the coordinator of the UNITWIN Network of Hospital Pedagogy-UNESCO and member of COMAU (Worldwide Counsel of Academic University Students). She is an author of several publications about care during childhood and adolescence in illness condition. Books and chapters of books (40) and indexed articles and available in databases: JCR-Social Sciences Citation Index, Scorpus, IN-RECS, Latindex, IRESIE and Resh (23). Her last publication has been 5 books, under her direction of a new collection in Hospital Pedagogy published by Editorial Aljibe-Málaga (Spain). She received the Diamond award in Research, from the World Wide Awards in Science Eureka (awarded in Cuba) 2012.

Hospital Pedagogy Related to Physical Activity and Health for Children and Family

A change has come about in the vision and concept of hospital education, which could be attributed to the following factors, among others: the new paradigm of education and health in which we are immersed in the twenty-first century; the cross-disciplinary approach reflected in the way we understand everyday life and the search for solutions to problems that arise; the pace of life and the nature of interpersonal and intercultural communication; progress in medicine, its impact on life expectancy as well as its potential consequences. One of the main purposes of the Hospital Pedagogy is to provide quality education to those who, by presenting a health problem or at risk of hospital admission, cannot receive it in the spaces usually intended for it. The theoretical conception of the presentation will be outlined from this perspective. This presentation focuses on the importance of health requirements to have in mind and to promote when the children has a disease and they be found in a situation of vulnerability and explains what is the OIPH and how can we participate. Through physical activity we can give answer to these needs and to promote a good quality of life in this population. It is important to acknowledge one of the main benefits of the implementation of these strategies that is the prevention and promotion of the quality of life in people that have health conditions or that are at risk of being hospitalized. We need to adapt the strategies, materials and educational resources to the age and ability of the population. Moreover, we need to understand the specific population to whom the educational program is targeted.

Founder, “Corriente por los Niños” Foundation
TV Presenter and Producer
Radio/TV Announcer
Painter/ Artist

Veronica TORRENT graduated as an Elementary School teacher, Technician in Tourism and Art Technician. She finished her postgraduate degree in NGOs Management and Social Economy. She also studied Social Sciences at “SIGEN- Sindicatura General” and is currently pursuing a postgraduate degree in “Emotional Education” from Barcelona University. .Veronica is also a qualified Trainer in rural, social, and hospital pedagogy. She has been a speaker in various international conferences in Cuba, Venezuela, Chile and Spain. In 2009 she became the Founder of “Corriente por los Niños” Foundation-NGO, in Corrientes, Argentina. She is the creator of the Art Exhibition “Through the eyes of the Soul you can touch and see”. As a consequence, the state passed a law by which all local museums should allot an area for the display of works of art for the visually-impaired. Veronica is also very proud of being a member of the Rotary Club where she usually puts into practice all her knowledge and makes a great deal of effort so as to provide better opportunities for local people. She has been given national and international awards such as "Evita Compañera,” (2014), “Paleta de Plata” (for her artwork for the blind), "Domingo Faustino Sarmiento" Mention of Honor and the “World of Hope" Award in La Havana Cuba. In 2016, she became a distinguished Citizen of the province of Corrientes, Argentina.

Emotional Education and Its Relationship to Holistic Health: Argentine Perspective

The aim of this presentation is to raise awareness about Emotional Education so that it may become a cross-cutting theme in every aspect of life. In this presentation, we will be dealing with some basic aspects of Emotional Education so as to show its relevance in education, both at home and in schools, and in every social sphere. Besides, we will explain how it helps to prevent anxiety, stress, depression, violence, conflicts, suicides, and so on. The investigation on Emotional Well-being provides us with knowledge such as the emotional competencies that are in charge of contributing to building wellness, i.e. happiness. In the course of this presentation the following themes will be developed: description and structure of Emotional Education, acute emotions, ambiguous emotions, aesthetic emotions and their relevance to wellbeing; history of and recent discoveries about emotional intelligence; the limbic system (so as to show the significance of the emotions in relation to health and the implementation of emotional therapies); and Salovey and Mayer´s ideas, followed by Goleman´s, which show us the way to the nature of emotions, self-awareness, self-regulation, self-esteem, self-motivation, empathy, and the development of social skills There will be approached other topics such as the importance of Emotional Intelligence in different organizations; the development of social skills as the core of Emotional Education; University of Barcelona PEEB GROP; implementation in Argentina: Emotional Education Law in the Province of Corrientes, privates schools in Buenos Aires, kindergartens, and Institutes of English Language; expansion to the three branches of the state powers: the Executive branch (Ministry of Education), the Legislative branch, and the Judiciary branch (Emotional Education Program in the Judiciary) being its main goal to prevent all forms of violence The purpose of this work is to contribute to educating the community so that it may achieve democratic coexistence, and to creating a solid society that ensures peace, following the model proposed by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.