The Effects Of Nutrition And Its Relationship On Brain Function, Cognition, Learning, And Social Behaviors

809 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
The intention of this paper was to evaluate presented literature about past research that highlighted studies in relation to nutrition and its relationship to brain function, cognition, learning, and social behaviors. Research has consistently shown that majority of American children do not ingest diets that meet the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, nor are they achieving the adequate levels of daily physical activities. Specific dietary components were shown to have negative effects on this system, many of which are commonplace in school-aged children’s daily eating. Unfortunately, school breakfast and lunch programs, in many cases, inhibit the body’s cognitive and energy potentials by not providing proper nutrition. As a result, there are more children today that are overweight then there has ever been in America’s history. Schools are now offering many more opportunities for these children to eat healthier along with incorporating more physical activities for these children. This article discusses the roles of schools in their effort to prevent obesity among these children. Current issues in schools ' food and physical activity environments are examined, as well as federal, state, and local policies related to food and physical activity standards in schools. Finally, recommendations are explored and given for ways schools can help improve the nutrition of their food programs, thus taking steps to ensure students are given the energy needed for…

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