Healthy Behaviors Reap Benefits in the Classroom
Among teenagers, healthy behaviors and school performance often go hand in hand. In a nationwide survey of 15,624 high school students, those who reported more physical activity and healthful eating habits tended to earn higher letter grades in school. Those who didn’t exercise, used drugs or alcohol, and engaged in risky sexual behavior or violence reported having lower grades. The study doesn’t prove that one causes the other, but researchers believe that it could go both ways. To address these issues, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has devised an approach called Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child, which aims to incorporate health-promoting practices in school and community settings.
Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published online Sept. 8, 2017