How healthy kids make better students
It’s back to school season, and with that comes new possibilities and growth for our kids. Education is critical in shaping a child’s future. While doing homework and studying are essential to getting good grades, a student’s health can also make a big impact on academic achievement.
There is a direct link between student health and student achievement that solidifies how children in good health make for exceptional students on all levels: performance, behaviors, and cognitive skills.
That’s why Goshen Health focuses on bettering students' health through physical activity and healthy food options, to ensure academic success and an overall better quality of life.
Healthier eating for better learning
We know that eating healthier is key for good physical health. However, healthy food habits also greatly factor into good academic performance.
Children that eat balanced meals daily are more likely to earn higher grades. Why? To put it simply, healthy food helps brain function, and full bellies allow students to focus in the classroom.
Kids can make healthier food choices through programs like the Sprouts Kids Club at the Goshen Farmers Market. School-age kids receive tokens to spend on fresh produce at the market, which gives children the opportunity to choose healthy food options on their own.
This club is free and runs on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m., May through October. On the second Tuesday each month during the club’s season, Goshen Health runs a booth at the market and offers additional activities. Students who visit our booth can learn how to make healthier food choices, participate in fun activities and earn an additional token to be spent at the market.
Physical activity for academic success
Healthy eating habits are important to achieving academic success, and so is getting enough physical activity.
Being physically active is often associated with more consistent school attendance, good classroom behaviors, and high test scores and grades.
For kids, getting enough physical activity can include actively participating in gym classes, being active during recess, or engaging in sports. Goshen Health teams up with local school districts and offers health initiatives such as health fairs, the Active Trac program, Run the Halls, parent nights, and other special events that give students the opportunity to be physically active while having fun.
We also offer free health education programs that can be modified for any learning environment and are led by professional educators.
Better health for a better future
We want to see every child achieve their goals in school and in life. Adopting healthier food choices and engaging in physical activity is great for overall health as well as to help students excel in the classroom.
Investing in students’ health also contributes to a stronger and healthier community in the future.
Request a school program to see how Goshen Health can be part of healthy initiatives at your school.