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Parents’ pages: Good food means good grades

You know that teaching your child healthy eating habits can reduce his or her risk of developing diseases down the road. But did you know that eating a nutritious diet can boost your child’s school performance? That’s what a group of Canadian researchers found when they surveyed more than 5,000 fifth-graders and their parents, gathering information on everything from a child’s height and weight to his or her dietary intake. The results of the Elementary Literacy Assessment test showed that kids who ate little or no fat and salt but took in plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains outperformed those who ate a high-fat and high-salt diet. The results of this study suggest that improving school lunch programs will not only promote our children’s health but may also raise their chances of getting high marks.