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Good nutrition leads to great academic performance. Children's bodies needs healthy fuel to perform, to grow and to ward off illness and disease.

Good nutrition has a positive and direct impact on a child's ability to do well in school. When nutritional needs are met, they have the cognitive energy to learn and achieve. With proper nutrition, children are better prepared to learn, more likely to attend school, and are more apt to take advantage of learning opportunities.

Teach kids to reward their body with food and beverages that are high in nutrients, and low in fat, salt, and sugar.

Help them learn to make smart choices when they eat. Show them how to avoid foods with empty calories like candy, soda and anything that contains trans fat. These foods are low in nutrients, high in fat, and high in sugar. These kinds of foods can drag you down and have negative consequences on a child's health, their teeth and their skin.

Tips to for healthy eating habits today...that will last a lifetime:

  • Slow down when you eat – It gives your brain time to get the message that your stomach is full
  • Brake for Fruit – Instead of a big dessert, satisfy your sweet tooth with some fresh fruit
  • Veg Out! – Eat lots of vegetables, fresh or frozen, they are packed with vitamins and nutrients
  • Limit saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars from your diet
  • Can the Soda. A 12-ounce soft drink can contain 13 teaspoons of sugar. Go for water instead.

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