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Nutrition as a Building Block to Success

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on Monday, 16 December 2013 in School Nutrition Blog




Nutrition Is the Foundation for Educational Achievement

Who knew when Maslow developed the Hierarchy of Needs, that he had your school lunch program in mind? His premise? “One must satisfy lower level basic needs before progressing on to meet higher level growth needs.1” Before a student can achieve motivation and learning at the peak of the pyramid, he or she must have all physical health needs met. Just as physical activity is important to building a healthy lifestyle, your school lunch program provides the nourishment and energy for your students to achieve motivation and learning. When any of their basic nutrition needs are not met, a student can struggle with academics due to a lack of focus, concentration and comprehension. School meals are an opportunity to provide a solid foundation for the optimal learning experience. Together, we can provide a healthy breakfast and lunch program, and secure the groundwork for your students’ academic success.


How does Whitsons ensure our school breakfast and lunch programs help your students to succeed? We prepare your students every day with the fuel necessary to remain attentive, alert and ready to learn.:


bullet We create nutritious, nutrient-dense menus in alignment with Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, with Silver or Gold Star distinction from the HealthierUS School Challenge.


bullet We offer innovative, high quality menus made from scratch with wholesome ingredients.


bullet We purchase ingredients locally and support our communities.


bullet We promote the importance of breakfast in a variety of ways, customized to each district’s program.


bullet We help students to choose the most nutritious options by placing emphasis on the healthiest selections on our menus and on the line.


bullet We utilize the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs study to effectively place and promote the most nutritious meal components.


bullet We offer award-winning, comprehensive nutrition education programs, featuring:

             bullet “Real character” visits.

             bullet Colorful marketing posters and materials.

             bullet Informational literature and interactive monthly activity sheets.

             bullet Wellness fairs.

             bullet Supplemental lesson plans for educators.


We’ve got the facts—and the solutions.


To read more about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and the importance of meeting basic students needs, click here:


  1. McLeod, S. A. (2007). Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs - Simply Psychology. Retrieved from http://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html




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