According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC (2017), “the percentage of children with obesity in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s.” This is a clear indication of the poor eating and nutritional habits of school-aged children across the nation and the resulting effects on not only health related problems, but the overall relation to the cognitive ability in children who may not be eating a nutritionally well balanced diet
This site has been put together to provide students and their parents with ideas to make healthy choices that can help instill children with healthy habits that will last well into their life and improve academic success. Nutrition education has shown to be effective in changing students’ eating habits and henceforth improving their academic performance and improving the quality of their school life (Florence et al 2016). A review of literature studies shows that school-based interventions have tremendously positive effects in improving the nutritional knowledge, eating habits, and physical health of children. Children develop eating habits through observation and active learning, and it is my thought that teachers as well as parents play a major role in influencing them. Therefore, the role of teachers is particularly important- reinforcing key nutritional concepts to influence children in make healthy choices throughout their life.
Teachers all agreed that nutritional education helped to promote positive behavior in class. Students were more focused, alert, and active in class when compared to students with poor nutritional knowledge (Mooney et al, 2011). Results also showed that students are more likely to eat healthy when healthy options are provided on the school menu. Increasing the availability of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products in school meals can promote healthy eating choices in children. It is my hope that by providing my students with a nutrition education program and offering healthy choices in our schools lunch program, we can improve school-wide test scores and grades, reduce absences and behavioral problems, and equip your children with healthy habits that will follow them throughout their lives.