A Conversation About Food (and Learning)

“Within your student’s brain, a biochemical process of learning is occurring, that parallels the classroom experience. Making connections, finding meaning, and solving problems are learning tasks that require lightning-fast electrical impulses between areas of the brain.”

~ Philippa Norman MD, MPH

In her article, Dr. Philippa Norman talks about how nutrition and hydration boost learning thus equipping the brain for academic success.

She speaks about neurons – brain cells. How they

  • Connect
  • Communicate and
  • Undergird learning

Brains need a number of nutrients for optimal learning. Dr. Norman discusses:

  • Good Fats
  • Protein
  • Carbohydrate
  • Micronutrients
  • Water

She noted that two components of a child’s foundation for healthy learning are nutrition and hydration.

Here is her advice to educators:

1.   Have students keep a water bottle at their desk or take water breaks throughout the day.

2.   Encourage students to bring only healthy treats – such as whole fruit, whole grain crackers, or veggies and dip, for birthday celebrations.

3.   Teach children how to choose the healthiest foods from the menu that is available.

4.   Be aware of your school’s Wellness Policy and contribute or obtain support for change in your classroom/school.

5.   Incorporate nutrition education into many areas of your curriculum.

Go here to read the entire article.

Parents, how can you reinforce these principles at home?

Florence is the mother of an amazing teenager; an educational consultant, author, speaker, speech-language pathologist, encourager and perpetual optimist. She shares tips, tools and resources with mothers (and other caregivers) of struggling and/or failing children. She is fiercely committed to helping them develop and enhance their children's foundational skills for learning, to grow them to success in school and life. A believer in the unique learning abilities of all children, she is an advocate for those who learn differently.

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