Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Foods that boost brain power

Recent studies indicate that what you eat effects how you do in school. A recently released study shows that homegrown foods have a positive impact on everything from test scores to attendance. Most recently, the “Children’s Lifestyle and School-Performance Study,” which appeared in the April issue of the Journal of School Health, found that children—regardless of their socioeconomic status—performed better in school if they increased their fruit and vegetable intake and decreased their caloric intake from fat.

Many schools are implementing on-site gardens, so children can learn about where food comes from and have a direct experience of connection to their health.

One of the smartest responses I've read in regards to the rising costs of integrating organic foods into the cafeterias and school sites is from
Vanessa Ruddy a parent of a 14 year old and a 2nd grader. “Compromising with food is compromising on children’s health.” Vanessa helped integrate an organic school lunch program at Lincoln Elementary in Washington.

There is an excellent lengthy article on all the efforts being made by many schools across the country. Feel free to read it here.