[The Weight of the Nation] One of the most sickening things this graphic brings to light is the fact that 87% of the food and beverage ads seen by children ages 6-11 on TV are for products high in saturated fat, sugar, or sodium. The six companies who control nearly all of our mainstream media – see this Frugal Dad infographic – are bombarding people with unhealthy choices, and looking to make millions off of peoples poor eating and exercise choices.
Health and learning are strongly connected. Evidence supports that healthy students perform better in school. For example, the connection between students being physically active, eating healthy foods, and managing their chronic health conditions, and improved test scores, grades, school attendance, and classroom behaviors, such as being focused and not getting into trouble, is supported by research.
The federal Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends that children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity daily. However, most students are not meeting this recommendation, and many schools are not providing opportunities to help students be more physically active to meet this recommendation.
This is interesting, esp. as schools are cutting down recess/playtime/phys ed to nothing, and the nutritional value of the food kids eat in schools is completely inadequate. Brains can't work well if the rest of the body isn't being taken care of.
Did you know that stress is the reaction your body has to your thoughts? Researchers say that 87% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think affects us physically and emotionally. We are in an epidemic of toxic emotions and that is why I teach people about the anatomy of thought in my book Who Switched off My Brain? ~ Dr. Caroline Leaf