Healthy Students Are Better Learners
It's the week of the big test. Whether you're a teacher, an administrator, or a parent, you want your students to be prepared. What do you tell them the night before the test? "Get a good nights sleep, eat a good breakfast, and make sure you exercise this week." During test week, we recognize those things, outside of academics, that are important to academic success. What if we treated every week like test week?
A student's success in school is related to more than just their test scores and academics. Rather, academics and health go hand in hand. Evidence shows that healthy students are better learners. In practice, this means that ensuring a child has opportunities for physical activity and access to healthy food options is an investment in their success as a student. The image below is an example of physical activity's impact on the brain. The yellow and red coloring indicates a higher level of brain activity.