It’s 2:45 p.m., and students are rushing into your after school program. Lunch was served at 11:30 a.m., which is over three hours ago. These students are hungry!
Not only are they hungry, they need to eat. Children and adolescents need to eat throughout the day to focus on what they’re learning and to have the energy to be active.
We are the witnesses of how the food industry has changed over the years. As a nation, we have to take some responsibilities in providing our kids with positive examples, healthy habits, and normal life. Healthy snacks are one way of transforming their lives and paying attention to their health.
Providing healthy snacks has benefits for your after school program and the youths it serves.
Benefits to your after school program:
After school programs play an important role in the fight against childhood obesity, by providing physical activity, nutrition education, healthy role models, and yes, healthy snacks!
How Are Student Health Risks and Resilience Related to the Academic Progress of Schools? is a report that summarizes the connection between student health and academic performance. The effect of poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyles on test scores is included.