The impact of nutrition on learning

DETROIT, Mich. (WOTV) When it comes to nutrition and learning, it all has an impact. That’s what educators from across the state learned at the 2014 Michigan Learning Connection Summit at Ford Field.

Elizabeth A. Zmuda, DO is a pediatric expert at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She says research on brain development shows nutrition, level of physical activity, and social and emotional aspects all play a role. She says families can help by doing simple things like choosing healthy foods, avoiding fast food, and cooking healthy meals at home.

Maranda spoke with Jason Hanson, who says good nutrition and exercise isn’t just for athletes. Studies show both directly affect learning and the brain’s ability to process information. He says nutrition plays an important part in anything you want to do. He says families should take the time to focus on nutrition and exercise, even if it’s just small changes like limiting junk food and getting outside more.

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