Mrs. Serra’s Tip: Healthy Eating Is Essential In the Preschool Years!
Preschool children can be picky eaters. For many parents, picturing a preschooler stubbornly throwing a piece of broccoli to the floor in disgust is something familiar. However tiring it might be, it’s important that you work on convincing your child to eat that piece of broccoli. Studies show that having a balanced and nutritious diet directly impacts all aspects of a child’s growth and development including their ability to learn in school.
At Whitehouse Prep, there are some primary messages that are taught and reinforced:
1. Healthy foods come from farms
2. Eat fruits and vegetables with every meal
3. Eat a rainbow (variety of colors) of fruits and vegetables every day 4. Eat whole grains
5. Eat low-fat dairy products and calcium-rich foods
6. Drink water throughout the day
7. Be physically active every day
8. Wash hands before eating
The relationship between a nutritious diet, health and learning is undeniably strong. Research shows that nutrition is one of the three major factors that impact a child’s development. As genes and environment are the other two factors. For this reason we need to be mindful of what our children eat remembering that research studies show that nutrition in a child’s early years is linked to their health and academic performance in later years