Nutrition and Health Programs
The Chairman of the state school board has asked you (a consultant on health and wellness), to write an informative piece about the recent changes to the breakfast and lunch program. The information will be used improve nutrition and health. The content will turn into a brochure describing the four major issues: economic situation, special needs, health of the population being served, process and benefits of the program. He asked you to include two visuals to illustrate the issues.
We know that there are several ways to help children, and one great way is to ensure they are properly fed. The hearts and minds of children cannot be fully engaged in learning, unless their bodies are content and ready to learn.
When children come to school hungry, they are rushing though hectic schools lunch periods, or when they become restless because there is “no time” for recess, their learning abilities will be challenged. Poor nutrition and the lack of physical activities for today’s youth are major contributing factors to obesity and chronic diseases. A study conducted by Y.C. Wang et al. in 2006 found that the spike in childhood obesity between 1988 and 2002 could have been prevented by an average reduction of 110-165 calories per day. It also affects cognitive skills, behaviors, and the ability to concentrate. School plays an important role in providing healthy environments for learning and good health.
This is why we need nutrition and health programs: to support a readiness to learn. In today’s society, most families’ hectic lifestyles relies heavily on fast foods places restaurants to feed their families. For the most part, eliminates all thought of a nutritional meal for the family. It also leaves very little time for physical activities. Such lifestyles have truly played and major role in the health of our Nation’s children. So many students come to school complaining of...
References: • http://dpi.wi.gov/fscp/pdf/tnbooklt.pdf
Julie Allington, MS, RD, CD
Nutrition Education Consultant 2003 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
• http://ersonblogs.wordpress.com /2011/04/24/
Erson Villangca An-essay-on-nutrition-and-health-a-winning-school-essay/ St. Paul College, San Rafael Nutrition Month 2009
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