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.
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:
1/2 cup yogurt
2 teaspoons organic or raw sugar (if using white, reduce to 1 1/2)
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.
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