Good nutrition leads to great academic performance.
Your body needs healthy fuel to perform, grow and ward off illness and disease. Would you feed a million-dollar racehorse junk food & soda? Of course not, so think about what you eat...because you are worth far more than a horse!
Good nutrition has a positive and direct impact on your ability to do well in school. When your nutritional needs are met, you have the cognitive energy to learn and achieve. You will be better prepared to learn, more likely to attend school, and more apt to take advantage of learning opportunities.
Protein – Choose a variety of foods with lean protein. Protein is an indispensable nutrient and can be found throughout every tissue in our body. Protein is a vital source of energy but the most important function of protein is building and repairing tissue. We also need protein for our immune function. Proteins transport vitamins and minerals throughout our bodies.
Grains – Make half of all the grains you eat whole grains. Eating grains, especially whole grains, provides health benefits. Dietary fiber from whole grains may help reduce blood cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Grains are important sources of many nutrients, including various B vitamins, magnesium, and selenium.
Vegetables - Make at least half of your plate of fruits and vegetables. Eating vegetables provides health benefits — people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for the health and maintenance of your body.
Fruits – Make at least half of your plate of fruits and vegetables. Eating fruit provides health benefits — people who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Fruits provide nutrients vital for the health and maintenance of your body.
Dairy – Always choose fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk. Milk and dairy products are especially important to bone health during the school-aged years when bone mass is being built. It provides important sources of calcium, potassium, and vitamin D, and helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and helps to lower blood pressure in adults.
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