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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 17% of all American children and teenagers are considered obese. One of the best ways of addressing the obesity epidemic is to educate people and help them to develop healthy diet and exercise habits.
The dangers of COVID have increased for students with obesity.
Prevent COVID Posters
Posters to help students better cope with the COVID-19 epidemic and help to prevent the spread of the virus.
Proper Nutrition Posters
Student overweight and obesity now affects more than 30 percent of the population, making it the most common chronic disease of childhood.
Drug Prevention Posters
Break the "peer pressure barrier" that students experience with REAL facts.
Exercise & Rest Posters
Exercise and rest are extremely important for helping the developing brain to work its best, especially the case for young students.
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Elbow Bump Appreciation Banner
Elbow Bumps of Appreciation to All Teachers! Show appreciation for teachers or staff .
Smart choice to Eat Healthy Poster
Encourage students to make healthier food choices.
Food for Thought Poster
Better nutrition is the best school of thought.
Well-Rouded Diet Poster
Stress the importance of a balance diet.
Germ Buster Poster
Hand washing is an easy way to prevent the spread of germs.
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. 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. Deficiencies in other vitamins and minerals, specifically thiamine, vitamin E, vitamin B, iodine, and zinc, are shown to inhibit cognitive abilities and mental concentration. Additionally, amino acid and carbohydrate supplementation can improve perception, intuition, and reasoning. 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.
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, and that sugar has a negative impact on child behavior. 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.
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, and that programs focused on increasing students’ health also show modest improvements in students’ academic test scores. 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. 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.
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.
Food for Thought
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 17 percent of all American children and teenagers are considered obese. One of the best ways of addressing the obesity epidemic is to educate people and help them to develop healthy diet and exercise habits that will follow them throughout the rest of their lives. We have the perfect posters to help students remain active and think about what they put into their bodies, as well as what they put into their minds. Our eye-catching posters get the message about diet and exercise to your students; we also use facts and statistics that will motivate them to think about the choices that they make regarding their diet and exercise.
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