An important component of learning for students is fueling their bodies and minds with nutritious, wholesome food that provides the proper nutrients and energy required to learn, grow and move.
When it comes to healthy eating, parents, teachers and school systems should be positive role models for children by emphasizing the importance of healthy eating. A great place to start is by ensuring that children eat nutritious snacks and meals at school because well-nourished children learn better, are more active and have fewer absences from school due to illness.
By fueling children’s bodies with nutritious, wholesome food you are ensuring that your child receives the proper nutrients and energy to learn, grow and move. Children are consuming increasingly more soda and sweetened beverages while their intake of milk and 100% fruit juice has declined. Almost a quarter of adolescents are consuming more than 26 ounces of soft drinks each day. Many snacks eaten and available to children are high-calorie, low-nutrient foods. Consequently, the total calorie intake from snacks has increased by 150 calories per day over the past two decades. This greater calorie snack consumption coupled with a decline in physical activity are two likely contributors to our nation’s child obesity epidemic.
Healthful food promotes achievement in all aspects of a child’s life. Due to their small stomach volume and high energy requirements, children require smaller, more frequent meals and snacks. Instead of consuming nutritious and small snacks, many children consume unhealthy, nutrient-poor snacks that are high in sugar and unhealthy fats. You can help teach your children that nutritious food is needed to fuel their bodies for learning, growth, sports and play by following the guidelines below.