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Nutrition, Exercise, Sleep

Improved nutrition has the potential to positively influence students’ academic performance and behavior. Research shows that with better nutrition students are better able to learn, students have fewer absences, and students’ behavior improves, causing fewer disruptions in the classroom.[1]

1. Improved Nutrition Increases Brain Function
Several studies show that nutritional status can directly affect mental capacity among school-aged children. For example, iron deficiency, even in early stages, can decrease dopamine transmission, thus negatively impacting cognition.[2] Deficiencies in other vitamins and minerals, specifically thiamine, vitamin E, vitamin B, iodine, and zinc, are shown to inhibit cognitive abilities and mental concentration.[3]  Additionally, amino acid and carbohydrate supplementation can improve perception, intuition, and reasoning.[4] There are also a number of studies showing that improvements in nutrient intake can influence the cognitive ability and intelligence levels of school-aged children.[5]

2. Balanced Diets Promote Better Student Behavior
Good Nutrition helps students show up at school prepared to learn. Because improvements in nutrition make students healthier, students are likely to have fewer absences and attend class more frequently.  Studies show that malnutrition leads to behavior problems[6], and that sugar has a negative impact on child behavior.[7]  However, these effects can be counteracted when children consume a balanced diet that includes protein, fat, complex carbohydrates, and fiber. Thus students will have more time in class, and students will have fewer interruptions in learning over the course of the school year.  Additionally, students’ behavior may improve and cause fewer disruptions in the classroom, creating a better learning environment for each student in the class.

3. Higher Quality Diets Promote Better Academic Performance
Sociologists and economists have looked more closely at the impact of a student’s diet and nutrition on academic and behavioral outcomes.  Researchers generally find that a higher quality diet is associated with better performance on exams,[8] and that programs focused on increasing students’ health also show modest improvements in students’ academic test scores.[9]  Other studies find that improving the quality of students’ diets leads to students being on task more often, increases math test scores, possibly increases reading test scores, and increases attendance.[10]  Additionally, eliminating the sale of soft drinks in vending machines in schools and replacing them with other drinks had a positive effect on behavioral outcomes such as tardiness and disciplinary referrals.[11]

Every student has the potential to do well in school. Failing to provide good nutrition puts them at risk for missing out on meeting that potential.  However, taking action today  to provide healthier choices in schools can help to set students up for a successful future full of possibilities.
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You Are What You Eat.
Educate students on the importance of proper nutrition.
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Make a smart choice to eat healthy.
Encourage students to make healthier food choices.
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Food for Thought.
Better nutrition is the best school of thought.
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Smarter Class of Food.
Stress the importance of "smart" food choices.
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Eating breakfast can help improve academic performance.
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Fuel for Thought.
Fuel a students breakfast diet with healthier choices.
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Well-Rouded Diet.
Stress the importance of a balance diet.
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Exercise is Good for Your Weight.
Stress the importance of maintaining a healthy weight.
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Encourage regular exercise to boost health.
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Got Exercise on Your Brain?
Educate students on the importance of exercising.
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Encourage students to get out and play this summer.
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Put Exercise on Your Playlist.
Stress the importance of daily exercise.
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Give your brain a rest and do better on a test.
Proper rest has a direct effect on student performance.
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Feed your body right, sleep 8 hours at night.
Students do better on tests with 8 hours of rest.
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Catching Your Z's at night could lead to an A+
Students achieve better success with proper rest.
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Hand washing is an easy way to prevent the spread of germs.
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Make your dreams succeed, get the rest you need.
Sleep 8 hours at night to be your best.
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Food for Thought.
School Nutrition Posters
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Make a smart choice to eat healthy.
Start a nutrition awareness program in your school.
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