Did you know? Healthy eating is associated with reduced risk for many diseases, including several of the leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. Healthy eating in childhood and adolescence is important for proper growth and development and can prevent health problems such as obesity, dental caries, iron deficiency, and osteoporosis. Food provides the energy and nutrients you need to be healthy. Nutrients include proteins , carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water.
Are you eating healthy?Learning to eat nutritiously is not hard. The key is to Eat a variety of foods, including vegetables, fruits and whole-grain products Eat lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and low-fat dairy products Drink lots of water Go easy on the salt , sugar, alcohol, saturated fat and trans fat Remember: saturated fats are usually fats that come from animals.Look for trans fat on the labels ofprocessed foods, margarines and shortenings.
Getting schools involved Schools are in a unique position to promote healthy eating and help ensure appropriate food and nutrient intake among students. Schools provide students with opportunities to consume an array of foods and beverages throughout the school day and enable students to learn about and practice healthy eating behaviors. Schools should ensure that only nutritious and appealing foods and beverages are provided in school cafeterias, vending machines, snack bars, school stores, and other venues that offer food and beverages to students. In addition, nutrition education should be part of a comprehensive school health education curriculum.
Exercising is nutrition too!Benefits of Regular Physical Activity Helps build and maintain healthy bones and muscles. Helps reduce the risk of developing obesity and chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and colon cancer. Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety and promotes psychological well-being. May help improve students’ academic performance, including Academic achievement and grades Academic behavior, such as time on task Factors that influence academic achievement, such as concentration and attentiveness in the
Why should we have PE in schools? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that young people aged 6–17 years participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily. Overweight and obesity, which are influenced by physical inactivity and poor diet, can increase one’s risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, arthritis, and poor health status. Physical inactivity increases one’s risk for dying prematurely. Schools can promote physical activity through comprehensive school physical activity programs, including recess, classroom- based physical activity, intramural physical activity clubs, interscholastic sports, and physical education. Schools can ensure that physical education is provided to all students in all grades and is taught by qualified teachers. Schools can also work with community organizations to provide out-of-school-time physical activity programs and share physical activity facilities.
Living a healthy lifestyle leads to optimum vitality!! Special thanks for your time Calotta