Healthy eating and physical activity solutions for kids

Nutrition + Activity = Better Academic Performance and Health

Nutrition + Activity = Better Academic Performance and Health 

Did you know that what kids eat is linked to how well they perform in school? When kids’ basic nutrition and activity needs are met, they have the energy to learn and achieve. So what are the academic benefits of nutrition and physical activity?

Research shows that well-nourished, active kids:  

-achieve better test scores in reading, writing, and math                                         
- are alert and more prepared to learn
- are more likely to attend school
- show better behavior

- show improved ability to concentrate on their work
- are better able to perform complex tasks
- have higher self-esteem
- manage stress and anxiety better
- are healthier overall, that is, less likely to become ill

Studies show a connection between nutrition, physical activity and students’ academic performance. In fact, Florence and colleagues came to the conclusion that, “above and beyond socioeconomic factors, diet quality is important to academic performance.”

Stay tuned for some simple, fun ways to help kids boost their academic performance using foods and fun moves!

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-Food and Research Action Center, “Breakfast for Learning”,Child Nutrition Fact Sheet, 2007
-G. C. Rampersaud and others, “Breakfast Habits, Nutritional Status, Body Weight, and Academic Performance in Children and Adolescents,” Journal of the American Dietetic Association 105, no. 5: 743–60, 2005
-California State Board of Education, “State Study Proves Physically Fit Kids Perform Better Academically”. Sacramento CA, 2002
-Castellli DM, “Physical fitness and academic achievement in third- and fifth-grade students”. J Sport Exerc Psychol. Apr;29(2):239-52, 2007
-Florence MD, et al. Diet Quality and Academic Performance. Journal of School Health, April 2008, Vol. 78, No. 4