We all know proper nutrition and physical activity leads to a healthy body, but did you know it can lead to a healthy mind too? March is National Nutrition Month, so it’s the perfect time to focus on the impact improved nutrition and physical activity have on students’ academic performance. Unhealthy food choices and not getting enough exercise make it harder for students to concentrate in school and lead to health problems down the road. Eating right and staying active can give students more energy to perform better in the classroom, and you can help to provide the resources they need to make these positive choices.
A new report, The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Success Through Healthy School Environments, reinforces the crucial link between quality nutrition, physical activity and academic performance. The GENYOUth Foundation, National Dairy Council (NDC), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American School Health Association (ASHA) released the report.
An executive summary of The Wellness Impact features tips on how to make the classroom a healthier place to be. Everyone from community leaders to parents can work together to fight for improved child health and wellness in schools. Fuel Up to Play 60 has been recognized by Let’s Move! Active Schools as a key program that’s making a difference in schools to encourage children to live a healthier lifestyle. To read the full report and get involved, visit www.GENYOUthFoundation.org. For more information on Let’s Move Active Schools, visit www.letsmoveschools.org.