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Proper nutrition during the preschool years is a chance for parents to introduce their preschooler to healthy food options, as well as prepare their child for school. Most parents understand that a balanced and nutritious diet is important for nourishment, energy, and development. So, how can proper nutrition translate to success in preschool?
First of all, a lack of a well-balanced diet can lead to health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, and high cholesterol. Some of these ailments can affect your preschooler for a lifetime. So, avoid foods that contain a high amount of sugar, fat, or processed carbohydrates. These unhealthy foods can also have an effect on moods and mental well-being. These unhealthy foods will not set up your child for success in school.
Besides better physical health, a well-balanced diet has been linked to academic success. According to the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, children that eat breakfast every day; eat at least one or more servings of fruit, vegetables, and milk each day; as well as avoid drinking soda are more likely to have mostly A’s on their report cards. While preschoolers may not be earning letter grades, they are building the foundation for future academic success.
In addition, research shows that healthy meals can boost students’ concentration and cognitive function. Practically, this can translate to increased focus and improved classroom behavior. One reason for this is that foods that are rich in fiber, protein, and healthy fats such as eggs, yogurt, apples, and oatmeal keep the body feeling full longer and provide enough energy to focus and stay alert throughout the school day.
Finally, your preschooler’s brain needs the proper fuel. The brain is always “on.” It works hard every day all day taking care of all of the body’s functions. It even works while you sleep! This means the brain requires a constant supply of fuel, and that fuel comes from the foods you eat. In other words, what you eat directly affects the structure and function of your brain. For the best success in school, your preschooler needs quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that will nourish the brain.
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