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The Effects of Nutrition on Academic Performance

Katie Vautier - T&L 404 - 11.06.12
by Catherine Vautier on 6 November 2012

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Transcript of The Effects of Nutrition on Academic Performance

Does nutrition affect students' academic performance? - Students with higher MAP scores for both math and reading had healthy nutritional habits (Edwards et al., 2011)

- Students who had better nutritional quality and habits were "significantly less likely to fail the literacy assessment" (Florence et al., 2008)

- Even students who perceive themselves as overweight/obese, but are not necessarily medically defined as so, perform lower academically than their healthy counterparts (Florin et al., 2011) Background - Approximately 12.5 million children in the US between the ages of 2 and 19 are obese (Ogden et al., 2010)

- Poor nutrition is a major cause of childhood and adolescent obesity

- Poor nutrition can be classified as a limited variety of nutrient rich foods and an excess of high fat and high sugar foods Does nutrition affect elementary school students' academic performance? What implications does poor nutrition have for students? - "Pediatric obesity is a risk factor for poor health-related quality of life, including self-esteem, depression, and school and social functioning, which includes relationships with peers and teachers, ability to pay attention and complete homework, happiness at school, and absenteeism" (Florin et al., 2011)

- "Academic achievement during adolescence is important in predicting adult outcomes such as unemployment, adult obesity, and adult cardiac risk profiles" (Florin et al., 2011) How can we improve the nutrition of our students? - Allow for more classroom time to be spent on nutrition and health instruction

- Help to implement programs that will provide nutritious meals to our students such as school breakfast programs and free and reduced lunch programs

- Make healthy nutrition a community goal; involve parents, administrators, and local policy makers in addition to students and teachers Conclusions - Educators need to know about the benefits of healthy nutrition in relation to their students' academic performance and success

- By understanding these benefits, educators can then dedicate more time to teaching sustainable nutrition and health which will in turn raise their students' overall academic performance and test scores The Effects of Nutrition on Academic Performance Katie Vautier What implications does poor nutrition have for students? How can we, as educators, work to improve the nutrition of our students?
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