Should the Government Provide Vitamin Supplements to Kids to Improve Behavior and Performance at School?
Good nutrition definitely helps students pay attention in school and get better grades. But here’s a question: Should the government provide vitamin supplements to kids in order to improve behavior and performance at school?
According to the BBC, it’s a question the British government is already considering.
Officials point out that studies show eating fish with plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids, or fish oil supplements not only improves heart health. It also boosts concentration and learning. So, one British school conducted an experiment. They gave half of the students omega-3 fish oil supplements. And the other half were given an olive-oil placebo. After 3 months, the group taking the fish oil fatty acid was significantly more well-behaved.
As a follow-up, students at another school were given a “nutritional makeover”. It involved cooking classes and nutrition workshops for parents and teachers. The children exercised every day, and also promised to avoid sugary drinks, chips, and candy. The result? All the kids lost weight, were better able to concentrate in class, and got better grades. And more schools are now being added to the program.