Healthy Children = Better Learners

September 18th, 2013 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Guest blog by Sue Arment, Director, Hunger Free Heartland

Over the summer I, along with some of our partner organizations, have had the opportunity to visit many superintendents and administrators in schools across the state, reinforcing the importance of nutrition and physical activity in academic success.  We shared this report, The Learning Connection: What You Need to Know to Ensure Your Kids Are Healthy and Ready to Learn.  This scientific study demonstrates that physical activity supports academic achievement, well-nourished kids learn better and that healthier practices in schools can increase school revenue. It serves as a road mapTHe Learning Connection for parents, educators, school administrators and school volunteers to create healthier school environments so the kids in their lives are better positioned to learn.

Working together, we can provide these students with the keys to health and academic success.  Nebraska Schools have played and continue to play a significant role in preventing and decreasing childhood overweight.  We applaud them for their efforts in this area.  Read the full report.  Download The Learning Connection infographic.

Over the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids (NE AFHK).  This is the only statewide non-profit organization in Nebraska formed specifically to address the epidemic of overweight, sedentary and undernourished youth.

Our goal is to help schools to improve nutrition and increase physical activity for the health of students.  It’s been exciting to collaborate and partner with the myriad of organizations and agencies that are working across our state to volunteer, teach, and model healthful eating and physical activity.  If you are interesting in getting involved in NE AFHK, please email me at sue.arment@hungerfreeheartland.org to join one of our active volunteer network teams.

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