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The science behind our nutrition: Should school-funded meals be a priority?

Posted by Tahlea Jankoski on January 03, 2017


As school meals become more expensive and school budgets dwindle, the question of priorities comes into play. Should schools provide daily meals to students to ensure they receive adequate nutrition? 

Skipping nutrition decreases academic performance

When a child lacks nutritious foods, the result can be behavior problems, short attention spans, and exhaustion, all affecting the student's ability to learn. A study in the Journal of School Health found that performance in school and cognitive function testing in school-aged children is largely dependent on nutrition. It's long known that children who skip breakfast tend to do poorly in classroom settings.

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