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Why is school meals important?

Schools can play an important role in both promoting healthy eating habits to children, and ensuring school food provides healthy balanced and nutritious meals with the appropriate amount of energy and nutrients pupils need.

How the quality of school lunch affects students academic performance?

We find that in years when a school contracts with a healthy lunch company, students at the school score better on end-of-year academic tests. Not only that, the test score increases are about 40 percent larger for students who qualify for reduced-price or free school lunches.

How does food affect students academic performance?

Studies have found that access to nutrition, particularly breakfast, can enhance a student’s psychosocial well-being, reduce aggression and school suspensions, and decrease discipline problems (Brown et al., 2008). Schools provide nutritious food throughout the day, including breakfast, lunch, snacks, and after school.

How do school meals contribute to the health and school achievement of students?

Research shows that the school breakfast and lunch programs are effective in alleviating food insecurity and poverty, supporting good nutrition, and improving health and learning.

Do healthy students learn better?

According to the *CDC, healthy students are better leaners! Poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and an overall unhealthy lifestyle can lead to poor academic achievement in children. Studies have shown that healthy children get better grades, attend school more often and behave better in class.

How does good health promote learning?

Increased physical activity and access to nutritious food throughout the school day can improve student learning and academic and health outcomes. In addition, research has shown comprehensive health education decreases tobacco use, alcohol use, and other delinquent behaviors.

How can health affects the academic performance of a child?

Children who are unhealthy are at higher risk for school problems than students who are free from medical problems. Students with poor health have a higher probability of school failure, grade retention, and dropout.

How does being physically healthy impact your ability to succeed in school?

A study from the University of Illinois showed that children who are physically fit are more likely to perform better in school and achieve higher grades. Children participating in the study were given electroencephalograms (EEGs) to measure brain waves and how fast the brain responds to certain stimuli.