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The winning recipe for a healthy lifestyle includes a combination of both good nutrition and physical activity. Your body needs a variety of nutrient rich foods to grow and prevent illness. And your body also needs to move and exercise every day.

 

Key things you need to know about leading a healthy lifestyle are:

 

  • Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables and whole grain products
  • Control portion sizes and never "supersize"
  • Get active for at least 60 minutes, five times a week for ages 6-18
  • Avoid tobacco and illegal drugs all together

 

Well-nourished students have higher test scores, increased school attendance, improved concentration, and improved classroom behavior. Students, who are physically fit, sleep better and are better able to handle the physical and emotional challenges that they encounter during the day.

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Good nutrition leads to great academic performance. Your body needs  healthy fuel to perform, to grow and to ward off illness and disease. Would you  feed a million dollar racehorse junk food & soda? Of course not, so think about what you eat...because you are worth far more than a horse!

Good nutrition has a positive and direct impact on your ability to do  well in school. When your nutritional needs are met, you have the  cognitive energy to learn and achieve. You will be better prepared to  learn, more likely to attend school, and are more apt to take advantage  of learning opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

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 Protein – Choose a variety of foods with lean protein

Protein is an indispensable nutrient and can be found throughout  every tissue in our body. Protein is a vital source of energy but the  most important function of protein is building and repairing tissue. We  also need protein for our immune function, proteins transport vitamins  and minerals throughout our body.

 

Grains – Make half of all the grains you eat whole grains

Eating grains, especially whole grains, provides health benefits.  Dietary fiber from whole grains, may help reduce blood cholesterol  levels and lower risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.  Grains are important sources of many nutrients, including several B  vitamins, magnesium and selenium.

Vegetables – Make at least half of your plate fruits and vegetables

Eating vegetables provides health benefits — people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet  are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases.  Vegetables  provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.

 

Fruits – Make at least half of your plate fruits and vegetables

Eating fruit provides health benefits — people who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet  are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Fruits  provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.

 

Dairy – Always choose fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk

Milk and dairy products are especially important to bone health  during school aged years, when bone mass is being built. It provides  important sources of calcium, potassium and vitamin D, and help to  reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease,  type 2 diabetes, and help to  lower blood pressure in adults.

 

 

 
 
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