Poor Nutrition Reduces Children’s Ability to Learn #SavetheChildren

Poor Nutrition Reduces Children’s Ability to Learn #SavetheChildren

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Save the Children just published a new study, Food for Thought, that documents that Chronically Malnourished Children are 20 Percent Less Literate. Poor nutrition can severely impair a child’s ability to read and write a simple sentence and answer basic math questions correctly.  There is also a huge economic cost of chronic malnutrition. Malnourished children could earn as much as 20 percent less in adulthood.

Food for Thought study on Child Nutrtion

While I’m sure that none of your children are chronically malnourished, it probably stands to reason that the healthier a child eats and the more nourishment they get could lead to a better ability to learn and increased cognitive development leading to increased earnings. And it will certainly lead to better physical health anyway which means less sickness and fewer days missing school. So what can you do? Feed you kids healthy food.

As part of the Save the Children’s Nutrition Campaign, the Global Team of 200 is trying to get the word out about the importance of feeding kids healthy food. President Obama is meeting with World leaders at two G8 Summits in June and it is important that they take this issue up.  One way you could help would be to tweet this: @whitehouse let’s make sure all kids get healthy food in their #next1000days so they can reach their full potential. #Nutrition4Growth

Every member of the Global Team of 200 is also sharing a healthy recipe for children. Anyone that knows me knows that I am not much of a cook. But I am great with snacks. And I’ve always felt that smoothies were a great way to get healthy nutrients in kids. So here is my recipe:

Fruit Smoothie:

1/2 cup yogurt
2 teaspoons organic or raw sugar (if using white, reduce to 1 1/2)
1 banana
1 cup of berries (your favorite or a mixture)
1/3 cup of apple or pineapple juice

Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Please go to the Save the Children website and look into this report on Chronically Malnourished Children. You can also follow Save the Children on Twitter and Facebook. You can also subscribe to email updates and donate to the cause. But most importantly, make sure your kids eat nutritious food. It is not only important for physical growth but also for cognitive growth.

See also: Transform the Lives of Madagascar’s Schoolchildren this Summer with WaterAid

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  1. Good nutrition is super important. When I lived in Las Vegas, one of the wives of a casino owner donated backpacks filled with food for disadvantaged children at some of the local schools to take home on Fridays. They would then refill the backpacks with more food each week. The impact was dramatic. There was better attendance, kids were so happy to get that food, AND test scores went up big time. Isn’t it amazing how good nutrition can change a child’s life? I’m glad that you are getting the word out there!

  2. So sad that any child should go hungry. What a great program I wish more people would help others.

  3. This is such an important program! Daily, I see children in our school system not getting the full nutrition they need, though I’m happy our school has gotten on board by offering fresh fruits at snack time. We need to do so much more, though. Glad to see programs like this in place!

  4. I tweeted and followed Save the Children. Thank you for spreading the word on such an important issue!

  5. It is sad that any child should have to go hungry, but this is a great campaign. Thanks so much for sharing it!

  6. Save the Children is a great organization. The smoothie recipe sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. I can personally vouch for the impact that nutrition can have on a child’s learning. It’s unfortunate that any child should go hungry in our current society.

  8. This is a very important issue. I’ve read that some children even in Westernised countries are malnourished because, although they have enough calories, the food they eat is so low in nutrients.
    Thanks for sharing information about the campaign.

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