Not being able to concentrate in school is a common issue facing students. The most likely culprits? Poor nutrition and a lack of physical activity. Not only can good nutrition coupled with regular physical activity keep health problems like childhood obesity at bay, they can also help improve students' performance at school -- even at crucial times like testing season.
There is a link between good nutrition and academic performance, Caitlin Merlo, a health scientist at the CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health, says research on eating breakfast offers the strongest evidence. "Most of the research has found that kids who eat breakfast had increased attendance rates, improved mood and improved academic performance," Merlo says. Despite most schools offering breakfast to students, Merlo says approximately 23 percent of children and 32 percent of adolescents skip the most important meal of the day. If you as a parent are either too busy or need some ideas for quick healthy breakfasts, see below: Power Up with Breakfast
The dangers of sodas and energy drinks Kids who consume one or more 12-ounce (355-milliliter) sweetened soft drink per day are 60% more likely to be obese; both types of drinks, puts children at risk for nutritional deficiencies, dental caries, dehydration.The bottom line concerning energy drinks is that medical professionals simply do not know the long-term effects of consuming these beverages. It is known, however, that large amounts of sugar and caffeine are harmful to our bodies.Click here for full article and another below.
Energy drinks are under-studied, overused and can be dangerous for children and teens, warns a report by doctors who say kids shouldn't use the popular products.By Lindsey Tanner Associated Press see here for this article
Too much caffeine can cause:
jitteriness and nervousness
increased heart rate and/or blood pressure
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