The Learning Connection

We all know school success relies on solid study habits, paying attention in class and diligently doing homework.

But it’s also crucial for students to get physical activity, eat well, stay hydrated and get enough sleep.  Research supporting the importance of healthy habits to academic performance has been mounting.

Simply put, nutritious eating plus activity equals a healthy lifestyle—AND, they provide your child his or her best chance at academic success. Health and academics are intimately linked. In other words, healthy kids=better learners.

What can you do?

Parents, grandparents, guardians, educators and caring people can all play a part in instilling healthy habits in our kids.  These habits, which we hope will stick with them for a lifetime, can help them achieve academic and future success.  Below are a few helpful ideas that you can do for your children to make sure they are healthy, fit and ready to learn.

  • Make sure kids eat a nutritious breakfast before school
  • Eat dinner together – a healthy one, of course
  • Limit screen time and sugary beverages
  • Make sure everyone gets enough sleep
  • Send healthy treats to school for birthdays and class parties
  • Get involved in healthy activities at your child’s school
  • Join your schools Healthy School Team
  • Go to FindActiveFun.org for family activity ideas



Research behind the Learning Connection:

Information to understand the science and solutions behind the “Learning Connection” (GENYOUth Foundation)

Reports, statistics and reference citations for scientific articles supporting the “Learning Connection” (Centers for Disease Prevention and Control)



Community walks offer families the chance to get active and have fun. (Healthy Central Florida)

Need ideas for healthy, outdoor, active fun? Check out Find Active Fun. (Healthy Central Florida)

Let’s Move, an initiative launched by First Lady Michele Obama, is aimed at curbing childhood obesity by encouraging good nutrition and increased activity. (Let’s Move)

Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating & Drinking

How much water do kids need to drink, and why? Here are some answers. (Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago’s Children)

Learn why water is so important to the body. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Here are some breakfast basics, and menus to try. (Kidshealth.org)

Check out these healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. (Healthy Kids Today)

25 healthy snacks for kids (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)



Learn all about sleep health and why it is so important to kids and adults (National Sleep Foundation)

Check out the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project (American Academy of Sleep Medicine)



Tips for coping with stress—for kids and adults (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Here are some ways parents can help kids cope with stress (Kidshealth.org)

Here’s how to manage stress for a healthy family (American Psychological Association)