We expect our schools not only to educate our children but to keep them safe in the process. A healthy environment with adequate physical activity and nutritious food is as essential as number 2 pencils. We know that healthy kids outperform their overweight peers in academics by up to 40%. Being overweight makes a child more likely to miss school and to be bullied. Kids that get a healthy breakfast perform better in school. Physical activity at recess alone makes a huge impact on both classroom behavior and learning. Parents, teachers, students, and administrators must collaborate to ensure that the school environment is healthy and sets each student up for success. Our goals are quality nutrition, daily physical activity, and to teach children about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Let’s Move outlines 5 basic steps for schools to succeed.
On July 1, 2014, USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards went into effect for all schools in America. All foods sold throughout the school building in school stores, fundraisers, a la carte lines and in vending machines are now held to a higher, more nutritious standard. We know that feeding kids healthy foods is very important to their education. Healthy kids have higher attendance rates, higher test scores and behave better in class. Kids themselves approve of the new healthy choices! But schools may need support to make the necessary changes.
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