The Learning Connection

Hey, we’re not just doing this for our health!

The equation is pretty simple: good food + activity bodies = kids equipped for success! That’s right, kids who eat nutritious foods and stay active not only maintain a healthy weight, but they are also prepared to learn and perform better in school.

What’s not so simple is that our culture isn’t always centered around health. Outside the school, fast food restaurants are everywhere. Supersized meals, snacks and beverages have helped lead to supersized waistlines. Neighborhoods don’t always have sidewalks, parks or safe places to play, which makes leading an active lifestyle a challenge. In school, the availability of junk food, budget constraints, and academic pressures pose challenges to creating a healthy school environment. But you can help change that.

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The evidence is clear:
healthy children = better learners

Study after study shows kids who get regular physical activity aren’t just exercising their muscles, bones and hearts, but they are making their brains more fit as well. Studies also show that when children eat a healthy school breakfast, they see better math scores, better attendance, and reduced behavior issues. And we all know what happens when adults or kids consume too much sugar or unhealthy foods — we crash! So, nourished kids learn better, too.

The Learning Connection

If you want data to support your cause and show your school that health = learning, check out Making the Case for School Wellness and Action for Healthy Kids’ report The Learning Connection: What you Need to Know to Ensure Your Kids are Healthy and Ready to Learn.

Did you know?

In a study among 3,088 eight-graders, body mass index (BMI) increased by 10% for every additional food practice permitted in their school (e.g., food being used as rewards or for fundraising).

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