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Why does AHFL serve only organic and whole foods their enrolled children?
Psychological Problems and an Unhealthy Diet
At A Habitat for Learning healthy eating is a major part of achieving academic behavioral goals. There is a growing concern among parents that negative behaviors displayed by children may be a result of a poor diet. Food dyes, additives, chemicals and insufficient nutrients may be partly to blame for the overwhelming amount of behavior issues that arise in the childcare, school and home environments. As a result AHFL’s food program serves only organic and/or whole foods and promote a healthy life style to every child.
According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a review of two dozen scientific studies confirms that processed foods and food additives (coloring, artificial flavor, and preservatives) can have an adverse effect on behavior in children. The behavior of students determines the success of the teacher and the success of the teacher determines the success of each student.
Five leading medical associations and the U.S. Department of Agriculture challenge schools and communities to promote healthy eating among the Nation’s students. Many of today’s children and youth have unhealthy eating patterns that can have negative consequences for their health and education. We has taken the responsibility to promote knowledge, attitudes and behaviors among our children that will develop eating patterns that improve health, intellectual development, and overall quality of life, today and into the future. To achieve this change on the largest scale, students, their parents and teachers, school officials, community and business leaders, and local, state, and federal program administrators must be actively involved in ensuring that a child’s environments promote healthy eating patterns.
The American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dietetic Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association, and the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) call on schools and communities to recognize the health and educational benefits of healthy eating and the importance of making it a priority in every school. At the same time, the associations are encouraging their members to provide leadership in helping schools to promote healthy eating for our Nation’s children.
A study conducted by the University of Ghent and the University Hospital of Ghent in Belgium and published by the Journal of pediatric psychology indicates a relationship between childhood obesity and psychological issues such as a lower feeling of self worth.
Children's behavior can be affected by many factors, including diet. Because of the strong link between poor nutrition and negative behavior, AHFL aim to provide children with a healthy diet that is free from added chemicals and processed foods. We encourage parents to focus on providing children with adequate nutrients by offering whole grains, fresh produce and plenty of water.
Good nutrition is the bedrock of lifelong health, and beginning at home during infancy, sets an important pace, that is likely to continue throughout school into adulthood. It’s vitally important that children learn the habit of eating well when they are young. Good eating habits last a lifetime and are one of the most important steps towards a lifetime of good health.
Studies have shown that eating well makes it easier to maintain a healthy weight, makes children more likely to do better academically at school, and improves concentration and behavior. A healthy diet provides the fuel that allows the body to function properly. When children are eating an unhealthy diet during their growing years, there can be devastating consequences. Therefore a healthy diet is a vital part of A Habitat for Learning’s program.
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