by Larry Hochman
I have been a high school guidance counselor and school administrator for a number of years. In that time I have advised students and families on the full range of academic, personal and career issues. In the last four years my focus has changed, coinciding with changes in my personal life.
My wife has had a weight problem throughout her adult life. In October 1999 she began using superior quality nutrition to help lose weight and address health issues. After fifteen years of frustration she has lost 98 pounds and has regained the energy and vitality she had when we first met. I used the products more to support her than anything else, since I did not have a weight problem. The difference in my daily energy level and alertness was remarkable.
As I became exposed to the health stories in the particular product line which we use
I heard example after example of young people becoming more focused and better students after integrating high quality nutrition into their daily routine. I then went back to my school and noticed a few things.
First, I saw a correlation between students who made healthy choices at lunch (less french fries and soda, more fruit and water) and school performance. Of course there are lots of factors that can account for the differences, but it was noticeable.
Second, it occurred to me that neither I nor my colleagues considered what our students put into their bodies when working with them.
The research continues to pile up connecting nutrition with not just school performance, but medical conditions such as attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, and other more serious diseases.
So why are these not being addressed in our schools? Certainly our children attend health classes, after which they march off to the school cafeteria for burgers, hot dogs and other offerings.
Here are some suggestions that may be of use to parents:
1. Educate yourself as much as possible about nutrition for the stage at which your children are in their development, as well as the upcoming stages.
2. Monitor what your children are eating for meals, and insist they eat breakfast!
3. Everyone blames fat for the evils of the world! In the case of children, itís often refined sugar thatís the culprit. Beware!
4. If your child has any medical or unusual behavioral conditions, ask your childís doctor about how nutritional practices may help these conditions. However, many physicians are not particularly well versed in this area. Consider speaking with a registered dietician as well.
5. Finally, consider nutritional support products outside the mainstream. Many direct marketing companies offer products far superior to those usually found in supermarkets. They are usually more expensive, but your children are certainly worth the investment.
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