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Nutrition and Behavior


girl eating veggiesThere 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... 


Iron Deficiency:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Lightheaded/dizzy
  • Craving non-nutritious foods
  • Decreased scholastic performance and cognitive functioning
  • Decreased concentration without iron filled proteins

Vitamin D Deficiency:

  • Weak bones
  • Asthma
  • Increased risk for: Type 1 & 2 Diabetes, Glucose Intolerance, and Multiple Sclerosis

Vitamin D activates genes that regulate the immune system and release neurotransmitters -- dopamine, serotonin -- that affect brain function and developmentVitamin 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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 Improve Cognitive Function with:

  • B vitamins
  • Vitamins C, D & E
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc 

 nutrients inside fruits/veggies


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.


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10501 FGCU Blvd. South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965-6565
(239) 590-7459