A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Nutrition

Grand Rapids, Michigan.And December 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – Proper nutrition is essential to children’s success in school, and that’s no secret. That’s why the National Heritage Academies (NHA) takes nutrition scientists seriously – it’s critical to their success.

With proper nutrition, students perform better, listen more, have fewer behavioral problems, and are less late.

Of the more than 60,000 students served by the NHA, nearly 70% are fed at an NHA school. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHA has achieved a milestone in serving 1 million meals.

Dan Cook, Director of Food and Nutrition Services at NHA, is excited to be able to impact the lives of so many students through food service and nutrition education.

“I’m excited to give our students the same or better opportunities than they might find in any local schools,” Cook said. “My two daughters drive my passion to ensure students have equal access to healthy and nutritious food, regardless of state or demographics.”

In NHA schools, students can choose from standard offerings, but are encouraged to try new menu items to develop their curiosity regarding food consumption. It helps in teaching students to be aware of food waste and the importance of consuming the right amount of food for themselves.

Cook believes that when students try new foods and learn good eating habits, it prepares them for their future health and wellness.

Here are three resources that parents can use to learn more about childhood nutrition:

1. my class

MyPlate, from the USDA, is a colorful graphic that may sound familiar. It provides nutritional guidance, tips on healthy habits, and explains food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, and notes. It is the form used to select listings and offers for students in NHA schools. MyPlate also contains resources that help plan food group goals and shop for healthy food to help parents and children make healthy choices.

2. no baby hungry

According to No Kid Hungry, “Up to 1 in 6 children in United State, or about 11.7 million people, may face childhood hunger this year.” The No Kid Hungry Program provides resources, such as meal finders, for parents to use in finding food.

3. Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation believes in the need to promote healthy environments so that young people can achieve lifelong good health, believing that every mind, every body, and every young person should be healthy and ready to succeed. They work with schools, youth-serving organizations, businesses and communities to enable children to develop lifelong healthy habits by ensuring that the environments around them provide and promote good health. Use the Smart Snack Calculator to help choose nutritious, kid-friendly snacks.

About the National Heritage Academies:
NHA is a network of 98 independent, tuition-free public schools in nine states, serving more than 60,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information, visit nhaschools.com.

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