Kleist Health Education Center
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort. Myers, FL 33965-6565
Phone: (239) 590-7459
Fax: (239) 590-7464
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Nutrition and Behavior
There is a very close relationship between nutrition and behavior. Our bodies need nutrients; the 6 things our body cannot produce on its own and we must consume. Nutrients are: proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fats, and water. When children are consuming too many sugars and fats, it leaves less room for these essential nutrients in their diet. Many research studies indicate proper nutrition correlates with better behavior, learning, and IQ’s; this is only the beginning of why...
Vitamin D Deficiency:
Vitamin D activates genes that regulate the immune system and release neurotransmitters -- dopamine, serotonin -- that affect brain function and development. Vitamin D receptors are found on cells in parts of the brain – the same parts that are linked with depression.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - Studies suggest symptoms may be due to changing levles of vitamin D3, which may affect serotonin levels in the brain during dark times of the year.
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The Kleist Health Education Center provides nutrition education programs for grades 2-7. For more information on the importance of healthy eating consider booking My Body, My Buddy (grades 2-4), Mission Nutrition (grades 3-5), or Eating For Your Future (grades 6-7).
Click here for program pricing or call 239-590-7458 for program scheduling.
KLEIST HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER
FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY
10501 FGCU Blvd. South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965-6565