Monday, July 28, 2014
Back to school means getting back into a routine that helps students achieve success in the new school year. Start the year off on solid footing by making good nutrition part of your child’s schedule. Multiple studies have shown that good nutrition plays a huge role in academic success.
Allison Bourgraf , RD, LD, a clinical dietitian in the Division of Nutrition Therapy at Cincinnati Children’s, says multiple studies have shown that poor nutrition adversely affects school performance and overall achievement.
Because nutrition habits and food choices can change during the summer months, parents should start to prepare before the school year begins.
Bourgraf says that the best way parents can help their children nutritionally is by making sure they have a healthy morning meal. Even though the meal is called “breakfast” it doesn’t mean breakfast foods must be eaten. The goal is to have your child eat a variety of nutrient rich foods, such as high-fiber, nutrient rich grains, fruits and dairy products. Not only is it important to eat breakfast everyday but parents should consider the quality of the foods offered at breakfast. The following are some ideas parents can try:
Bourgraf says parents need to make sure their children have a healthy lunch, too. Many studies have shown that children who eat healthy, balanced breakfasts and lunches aren’t just more alert throughout the day, they also earn better grades than those who don’t eat healthy. Eating a balanced lunch also improves a child’s ability to concentrate in afternoon subjects and decreases their chances of overeating and making unhealthy choices at there after school snack.
Bourgraf gives the following tips to parents on how to ensure healthy nutrition for their child:
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