Another recent report underscores previous findings that physical activity supports academic achievement, well-nourished kids learn better and that healthier practices in schools can increase school revenue. And, it shows that schools that offer students healthier food and more time to be active are seeing increasing fitness levels, better student behavior and even higher test scores.
Simply put, kids who don’t eat nutritiously and enjoy regular physical activity are at an academic disadvantage.
Among the recent key findings:
• Moderate (physical) activity increases kids’ neuroelectric (or brain) activity.
• On average, students who eat school breakfast have been shown to attend 1.5 more days of school per year and score 17.5 percent higher on standardized math tests.
• One study of schools selling healthier foods and beverages found that 71 percent experienced revenue increases while 24 percent had no change at all.
The Healthy LIfeStars program is a prime example of the kind of program that provides both information about healthy eating strategies and the importance of regular exercise and activity.