Nutrition, learning and
mood are tightly linked. When
children eat healthy foods they’re
more likely to be successful in
school and be in a better mood.
Healthy eating is also a crucial part
of your child’s overall growth and
Eating less healthy foods has been
linked to poorer marks in language
and math. Less healthy foods are
those that are higher in sugar and fat
and lower in vitamins and minerals,
and include potato chips, french fries,
hot dogs and sweetened beverages.
Research in Alberta and Canada
has found many young children
are not getting enough healthy
foods, such as vegetables and fruit,
for optimal health and learning.
Healthy food helps
children succeed in the
For example, only 35 per cent of
Canadian children nine to 13 years
old have at least five daily servings
of vegetables and fruit. Canada’s Food
Guide recommends six for that age
The importance of breakfast can
never be overstated. Studies show
that eating breakfast improves kids’
memory and test scores. Healthy food
gives children’s brains and bodies
the nutrients they need to think and
learn. People who skip breakfast
often have low intakes of calcium,
iron and fibre. Children who do not
eat breakfast are more likely to miss
class, be late or be sick than children
Lunch is another great opportunity
to refuel a child for the rest of the
day to help maintain energy and
To meet the nutritional needs
of your children, plan meals that
include a variety of choices from the
four food groups in Canada’s Food
Guide: vegetables and fruit, grain
products, milk and alternatives, and
meat and alternatives.
Healthy eating is a learned
experience and your own food and
lifestyle choices will influence your
child’s. When you make healthy
choices, so will your children.
— Brandon Beasley
You can learn more about healthy
eating from myhealthalberta.ca.
Studies show that eating breakfast improves kids’ memory and test scores.