Dr. Barnard’s Health Tips for Students

Healthy-Picnic-Vegetable-BasketHealthy Foods, Healthy Brain

1.    Remember the Four Food Groups. Create meals from whole grains, vegetables, beans, and fruit

2.    Pick from the Nutrition Rainbow. Our eyes are naturally drawn to colorful foods. Choose from red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and brown fruits and vegetables.

3.    Go Green. Make sure to eat leafy green and orange vegetables each day.

4.    Pack Healthy Snacks.  Try apple slices, green grapes, baby carrots, and dried fruit.

5.    Be Adventurous. Is there a new fruit or vegetable in the lunch line today? Try it. If you normally eat apples and bananas, try mangoes or fresh watermelon.

6.    Be Active. Whether it’s joining the tennis team or walking the dog, exercise increases energy and concentration.

7.    Rest. Create a set bedtime. Your brain needs time to file memories and recharge, which makes remembering math equations and Shakespeare sonnets much easier.

8.    Become a Nutrition Role Model. Ask for healthy snacks, like fresh watermelon, at your next birthday or classroom party. Talk to your parents about what you’re learning in school. Get involved in meal planning and lead the way!

 Students Coloring with Dr. Barnard. Mundo Verde Charter School. 1.17.14