Get the Facts
Helping children learn to eat right and be active every day means they have a better chance of being successful in school – and in life. Research shows that improving children’s nutrition and physical activity can result in:
- improved academic performance, including test scores
- less tardiness and absenteeism (come to school on time)
- ready to learn
It can be that simple!
Get the Facts, Childhood Obesity
- According to ongoing testing done by the Ohio Department of Health, 35% of Ohio third graders are overweight or obese.
- Childhood obesity presents many problems including: asthma, bone and joint problems, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, early growth and puberty, bullying, emotional factors such as— depression, anxiety and self confidence—feelings of school connectedness.
Get the Facts, Healthy Kids, Learn Better
- There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating that kids who eat poorly or who engage in too little physical activity do not perform as well as they could academically. Action for Healthy Kids report, The Learning Connection, documents the link between health and academics.
- A recent document Healthier Students are Better Learners outlines what schools can do to close the achievement gap.
- A recent study of 5,000 children, published in the Journal of School Health, found an association across multiple indicators of diet quality with academic performance.
- Research in the Journal of School Health, has also shown that there is a relationship between physical fitness and academic achievement.
Schools provide the academic, social and physical environment where kids can learn lifelong habits that will help them be healthy. Schools are also a critical connection point for parents, families and communities, all of which play important roles in helping children learn good nutrition and how to be active. Read about Our Approach to working with schools to make this a reality.