As summer comes racing in, mealtime can be more and more of a challenge for parents. But the importance of eating well for kids does not diminish when the temperatures heat up. A new report from Save the Children called Food for Thought addresses how proper nutrition is imperative, not just for children’s health but also their performance in school. The report states that malnourished children have a 20% higher rate of illiteracy and how missing out on nutritious food can impact a child’s overall cognitive development, which can have far-reaching effects on economic growth.
While in this house we are lucky in that we only have to worry about whether to serve organic or conventional fruit, there are 165 million malnourished kids in the world who have far greater worries. The research also shows that not having a nutritious diet can severely impair a child’s ability to read and write a simple sentence and answer basic math questions correctly, regardless of the amount and quality of schooling they received.
President Obama and other world leaders will come together this month in two global summits (known as the G8) where they will address global nutrition issues and solutions for the 165 million children that need them. I’d love our President to work hard at these summits to put nutrition at the top of the priority list. There is no reason 165 million global children should live at risk.
You could use social media to do the same. Tweet President Obama to put addressing child malnutrition – especially in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life when their bodies and brains grown rapidly – at the top of his agenda. Tell him to put forth a concrete plan at the June nutrition summits that includes a target to reduce stunted growth in children and a strong financial commitment to get the job done.
Here is a sample tweet : @whitehouse let’s make sure all kids get healthy food in their #next1000days so they can reach their full potential. #Nutrition4Growth
Meanwhile, in your home, you can help by trying some of these kid approved turkey burgers. My guys go crazy for them and they’re made from so few ingredients you know just what you’re getting. Plus, the burgers are so good you can even sneak some greens on the bun without any complaints!
I wrote this post as part of The Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group from Mom Bloggers for Social Good . We concentrate on issues involving women and girls, global children, world hunger and maternal health.
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