Saturday, January 11, 2014

Learn How Nutrition Affects Academic Success

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From: NLA Training Series
Subject: Learn How Nutrition Affects Academic Success

You are what you eat. See how healthy foods create successful students. 
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The Role of Wellness in Achievement 

Free Training on Health and Wellness

Friday, January 17th from 9:30am-11:30am at the BGC Activity Center (map)

Come and discover how "you are what you eat" applies to our students and what we can do to help them learn about the role that nutrition plays in their academic success.

Malcolm Thomas is the Director of the Reaching Back Male Mentoring program at Neighborhood Learning Alliance. His focus on African culture, heritage, and pride is a unique and invaluable perspective in our city's continued efforts to close the opportunity gap for African American youth.

Five Nutritional Facts about Adolescents 

  1. Benefits of Healthy Eating 
    Healthy eating contributes to overall healthy growth and development, including healthy bones, skin, and energy levels.
  2. Diets and Disease
    Type 2 diabetes, formerly known as adult onset diabetes, has become increasingly prevalent among children and adolescents as rates of overweight and obesity rise. A study from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that one in three American children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime.
  3. Obesity Among Youth
    The prevalence of obesity among children aged 6-11 years has more than doubled in the past
    20 years and among adolescents aged 12-19 has more than tripled.
  4. Eating Behaviors of Young People
    Less than 40% of children and adolescents in the United States meet the U.S. dietary guidelines
    for saturated fat and almost 80% of high school students do not eat fruits and vegetables 5 or more times per day.
  5. Diet and Academic Performance
    Research suggests that not having breakfast can affect children's intellectual performance and the percentage of young people who eat breakfast decreases with age; while 92% of children ages 6-11 eat breakfast, only 77% of adolescents ages 12-19 eat breakfast.
For more facts, check out the full article from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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