GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan., December 1, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Adequate nutrition is essential for children to be successful in school, it’s no secret. This is why the National Heritage Academies (NHA) take the diet of researchers seriously – it is essential to their success.
With adequate nutrition, students perform better, listen more, have fewer behavioral problems, and are less late.
Of the more than 60,000 students served by the NHA, nearly 70% are fed in an NHA school. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHA even reached the milestone of delivering one million meals.
Dan Kuk, director of food and nutrition services at the NHA, is thrilled to be able to make an impact on the lives of so many students through food services and nutrition education.
“I am motivated to give our students the same or better opportunities than they would find at any local school,” Kuk said. “My two daughters are the engine of my passion to ensure that students have equal access to safe and nutritious food, regardless of condition or demographics.”
In NHA schools, students can choose from standard offerings, but are encouraged to try new menu items to develop a curiosity about food consumption. It helps teach students to be aware of food waste and the importance of consuming the right amount of food for themselves.
Kuk believes that when students try new foods and learn good eating habits, it prepares them for their future health and well-being.
Here are three resources parents can use to learn more about child nutrition:
1. My plate
MyPlate, from the US Department of Agriculture, is a colorful chart that may look familiar. It offers nutritional guidelines, tips on healthy habits, and explains the diet food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and diary. This is the template used to determine menus and offerings for students at NHA schools. MyPlate even has resources that help plan food group goals and shop for healthy foods to help parents and kids make healthy choices.
2. No hungry child
According to No Kid Hungry, “up to 1 in 6 children in United States, or about 11.7 million, could face child hunger this year. No Kid Hungry provides resources, such as meal finding tools, that parents can use to find food.
3. Alliance for a healthier generation
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation believes in promoting healthy environments so that young people can achieve good health throughout their lives, believing that every mind, body and young person should be healthy and ready to to succeed. They work with schools, youth-serving organizations, businesses and communities to empower children to develop healthy habits throughout their lives by ensuring that the environments around them provide and promote good health. Use their smart snack calculator to help you choose nutritious, kid-friendly snacks.
About the National Heritage Academies:
NHA is a network of 98 tuition-free public charter schools in nine states, serving more than 60,000 K-12 students. For more information, visit nhaschools.com.
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