Monday, March 26, 2012

School Cafeteria

Food take is vital for several reasons, such as to maintain a healthy lifestyle, to create energy, and for proper performance, just to name a few. Considering food is such an essential part of a child's diet, it still surprises me that cafeteria's are continuing to serve items on the menu that are filled with sugars, caffeine, chemicals, and sodium. Through researcher, it is known that these particular items are an unhealthy choice and will lead children towards becoming tired, unfocused, sick, and jittery throughout the day. One of my worst memories from public school was the food that they sold and provided us with. Everyday at lunch I was forced to eat unhealthy due to their lack of choices and their bad tastes. Food is essential for any growing child, which is why unhealthy foods can negatively impact students' grades, performance, their behavior, and their moods. According to the article "How Diet and Nutrition Impact a Child's Learning Ability", the "Society for Neuroscience, recent studies reveal that diets with high levels of saturated fats actually impair learning and memory."  Typically what would you expect to find in a school cafeteria? Pizza, hamburgers, french fries, chicken nuggets, tacos, these are all guesses that immediately come to my head, especially considering that they are what I was served throughout school. Cookies, pretzels, and ice-cream, these are all sugary desserts that are filling kids daily intakes and that are knowingly lowering the students brain power before they are sent back to class to continue their day's work. Teachers are constantly complaining about the students lack of attention, their behavior issues, their lack of determination and motivation to complete their work. After reading through these few facts, maybe it isn't the students fault after all. Could it be that the school cafeteria is actually what is hindering our students learning abilities? 

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