PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month
Observed annually in November, PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month is designed to promote healthy lifestyles for children both in school and at home. Everyone knows that a healthy lifestyle is a key component in every student’s ability to do their best and thrive in the academic environment.
Studies have shown that children who eat nutritious meals at home and at school perform better in their classes. Unfortunately, far too many students are either not eating a well-balanced diet or they don’t have access to the food they need to stay healthy. This month attempts to solve this problem by educating the public on the importance of regular exercise and a healthy diet.
The History of PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month
This month was created by the PTA — also known as the Parent Teacher Association. They created this month a few years ago, although we couldn’t pinpoint with any accuracy exactly when they started it.
Regardless of when it was started, it has helped educate parents about the importance of providing their children with a well-balanced diet and providing them opportunities to exercise every day.
Facts About Childhood Nutrition
Let’s dig a little bit more into the importance of children eating a healthy diet by taking the time to look at some childhood nutrition facts. We did some research and discovered some facts that we think will prove informative to everyone, so let’s sort through them in the list below.
- It’s recommended that children eat a healthy diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, proteins, and healthy oils.
- Eating a healthy breakfast is associated with improved memory, mood, and reduced absenteeism.
- Studies also show that children who are properly hydrated perform better on tests than children who aren’t getting enough water.
- It’s been reported that 1 out of 5 school-age children doesn’t eat breakfast.
- Black and Hispanic children across all age groups are less likely to eat breakfast than Caucasian and Asian children.
- Only about 78% of children from low-income families reported eating breakfast. That’s 10% less than higher-income households.
Observing PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month
During this month, PTA organizations around the U.S. give parents the information and tools to help them keep their children healthy. People can help observe this month by making sure their children get plenty of exercise and eat a well-balanced diet.
It’s also recommended that people support programs that provide children with free breakfast and lunches because many children don’t have access to a healthy diet. People can also spread the word about this month using #PTAHealthyLifestylesMonth.