(BPT) - Millions of students are heading back to school with high hopes for a great school year. When it comes to educational success, most parents and caregivers focus on what happens in the classroom, but what takes place after school is equally important to academic success.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 50 million Americans – including more than 16 million children and teens younger than 18 – live with food insecurity, meaning they struggle to feed their families. Many of these children receive free or reduced-cost meals during the school day, but are at risk of hunger when school is out.
While healthy activities and proper nutrition benefit physical health, they also impact mental health and children’s success in school. A nourished body means a nourished mind, and several studies show children who don’t get the proper nutrition can experience difficulties focusing, socializing and learning in the classroom.
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