Memorizing the 5.5-ounce equivalents? Or being able to apply the concepts to meals in real life?

She also called attention to the lack of research on nutrition education’s impact on either education standards or academic performance, which is what most interests educators. To address this lack, Townsend and several colleagues created a protocol and designed a study to examine nutrition education’s impact on academic performance (Horowitz et al., 2008). The study showed that nutrition education can improve academic performance measured by achievement of specific mathematics and English education standards (Shilts et al., 2009). “We could help with adoption of nutrition education curricula if we have a few more studies to show that what we’re recommending can impact academic standards,” she said. “That would be a very important contribution to nutrition education.”

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