As a veteran educator, I can say with certainty that a child's diet directly affects his or her behavior and academics in school. I have long been pleading for schools to incorporate nutrition education into their early childhood curriculums. Health class teachers do the best they can, but there just isn't enough time dedicated to the topic. I find the situation so dire I spend time in history fielding student questions and discussing the importance of good nutrition. Believe it or not, it is not a complete non sequitur.
Consider this historical comparison: Since the creation of Jamestown (the first American colony in 1608), the life expectancies of the descendants of the colonists have increased with each generation; until now. This generation of youth will be the first generation to live shorter lives than their p...
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