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Why Teach Nutrition?
Schools are an ideal place for kids to learn and practice good nutrition. The classroom is a great place to start. Make it a regular part of your curriculum and make it a priority! Here's why it's important:
Recent health statistics show today's children are at risk.
- Only 2% of children daily meet the MyPlate recommendations.
- The number of overweight children has nearly doubled in the last decade. One out of four children is overweight or at risk for becoming overweight.
- Sixty percent of children ages 5 to 10 have one or more heart disease risk factors.
- Only 29% of children attend daily physical education classes.
- Type II diabetes, once considered an adult disease, is becoming more common in overweight children.
Good nutrition and good education go hand in hand.
- It helps kids grow, learn and do well in school.
- Well-nourished children have higher test scores, better school attendance and fewer classroom behavior problems.
Teach nutrition and kids will eat better.
- Research shows that knowledge and skills children learn today help them choose healthier foods tomorrow and into adulthood.
Teachers are an important role model.
- Next to parents, teachers are children's most important role models. When teachers talk about good nutrition and choose healthy foods, chances are greater that children will too!