Can Excelling Academically Depend At Least Partially On Nutrition?

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No matter what school a child attends, there are children who exceed and children who fail, but is that 100% the fault of the child? While parents definitely play a role in the success of their children, nutrition plays its part too.

“The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, often referred to as WIC, gives federal money to states, which then distribute these funds to programs helping low-income pregnant and postpartum women so they can buy additional food while receiving nutrition education and health care referrals. The point is to benefit infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk.”


Access to Nutritional Food

If children don’t have access to nutritional food or even any food at home it can drastically affect their school performance. That’s what makes in-school nutrition programs vitally important. Kids living in poverty depend on those meals not only as what may be their only source of food on a daily basis but also so they can properly perform in school both socially and academically.

With budget cuts on the way, these programs could be at risk causing a poverty cycle. Children from low-income families will become parents of low-income families because they didn’t have the proper and essential childhood nutrition needed to excel.


To learn more about the importance of childhood nutrition refer to How does nutrition affect children’s school performance?

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