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Healthy Kids Learn Better

It has been proven that kids who eat healthier and move more perform better in school. Studies show that healthy kids get better grades, attend school more often and behave better in class. We now know that making time for physical activity and nutrition in school is not a break from academics; it’s an investment in higher academic performance.

Ninety-five percent of school-aged kids and teens attend school. Aside from home, it’s the place where kids spend most of their time. Experts recommend that kids get 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Working these minutes into the school day not only supports a child’s overall health but also helps teachers keep students focused and alert in the classroom.

Because children spend so much time at school, schools have a unique opportunity to help children become more healthy and active. Policies that support daily physical education and regular activity breaks during the school day can help increase physical activity, improve academic performance and improve classroom behavior among students. Kids consume up to 50% of their daily calories and nutrients at school.

The mission of the Georgetown County School District for School Food Service and Nutrition Program is to prepare high quality, nutritious, appealing food in a clean and pleasant environment served by food service professionals who care about the health and welfare of children. The Nutrition department at GCSD is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to student’s health, well-being and their ability to learn.

I was delighted to see on the GCSD website under their tab What’s for Lunch there are two tabs under Nutrition Education. One is titled Nutrition and one is titled Nutrition and Fitness. The Nutrition tab promotes, Nutrition is for Everyone and has nutrition guides for students, teachers and families. The Nutrition and Fitness tab gives ways to promote a healthy lifestyle and promotes Let’s Move - America’s movement to raise a healthier generation of kids.

Way to go Georgetown County Schools for doing your part to support healthy habits that will last a lifetime!

Louise Carson
Executive Director
Children’s Recovery Center