Date of Award

Spring 2013

First Advisor

Annie Moses


With more of the adult population overweight or obese, the rates of childhood obesity have also risen to 33%. Just as research about obesity has indicated a negative effect on the body and vital organs, obesity seems to affect the ability to learn. Not only is it the responsibility of the family but also of the school to ensure that students have access to foods that promote good nutrition. A noteworthy link exists between nutrition programs in schools, such as lunch programs and snack options, and student achievement. This paper contains a review the research on connections between weight and academic achievement and attempts within schools to promote nutrition and, in turn, learning. The review will also highlight activities based on research evidence, which can be used by the teacher and the school in order to promote healthful lifestyle choices in and out of the classroom environment.


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