Our lifestyle choices affect how our bodies work. If we eat smart and move more, our bodies work better. This is especially true for children, who are growing and developing using the building blocks of nutrients found in the foods they eat. In fact, studies have found that children who eat a healthy diet, especially balanced breakfasts, and get enough physical activity do better in school.
Eat Smart to Be Smart
We’re familiar with the term “brain food,” so what foods do kids need to build a healthy brain? Fruits, veggies, healthy fats and lean protein, especially seafood! All of these foods provide special nutrients that are good for the brain. What’s even better is that these foods are good for the whole body, not just the brain. Eating enough of these foods, with some whole grains and dairy too, will keep you and your kids healthy throughout your entire lives.
Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day
Your mom and every other mom in history got this one right. Eating breakfast jumpstarts your day. Kids who eat breakfast have better focus in school and better grades. They even have better attendance. And breakfast is important for adults, too, helping us perform better at work and take less sick days.
Breakfast Bonus- Eating breakfast reduces the risk of childhood obesity, too.
Move More to Learn More
Kids who get enough physical activity do better in school. They burn off all their extra energy, so they can focus and learn. Physical activity also influences how their brains work, making it easier for kids to learn.
Ideas to Help Your Kids Succeed at School
- Start the day with breakfast. Pick a few quick and easy recipes to make at home, or take advantage of hot and ready School Breakfast.
- Eat more seafood. Aim for a fishy meal twice a week.
- Make half your plate fruits and veggies. Save money on fresh produce by visiting your local farmers market or choosing seasonal produce.
- Move more as a family. Start a family tradition of walking after dinner or visiting the park every weekend. Teach your kids to ride a bike or shoot some hoops.
What other ways do you help your family eat smart and move more?