FOOD FOR THE BRAIN

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! - EDITHA L. MANGILIT

School can­teens in pub­lic ele­men­tary and sec­ondary schools are an in­di­ca­tion that the de­part­ment ac­knowl­edges the im­por­tance of health af­fect­ing child’s aca­demic per­for­mance. Nour­ish­ing the body is also nour­ish­ing the mind. If the learner is healthy and free from any kind of ill­ness, learn­ing will be more ef­fec­tive and pos­si­ble. Can­teens are not sup­posed to be fo­cused on earn­ing much money to fa­cil­i­tate school projects that can­not be funded by school MOOE in­stead, it must fo­cus on pro­vid­ing healthy food to take care of the well-be­ing of the stu­dents, teach­ers and other school per­son­nel. In school, the child learns the healthy food to eat and the school can­teen must be a good ex­am­ple of a food house that pro­motes the ben­e­fits of eat­ing fruits and veg­eta­bles com­pared to junk foods.

Em­pha­siz­ing the prod­ucts to be sold among school can­teens pro­hib­ited the sell­ing of car­bon­ated drinks and junk food which were proven to be detri­men­tal to ev­ery­one’s health. School ad­min­is­tra­tors and can­teen man­agers were guided with the green, yel­low and red cat­e­gories of food. Teach­ers and par­ents are more care­ful in choos­ing snacks for their chil­dren. As it is prac­ticed in school it can be prac­ticed now at home. Chil­dren are more aware of what food to eat and what should be not. Can­teen op­er­a­tion is an­other world in­side the school. It is where chil­dren can ap­ply what they learn in English, MTB and Filipino through com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Math when pay­ing and ask­ing for change, Science when choos­ing what food to eat, ESP and AP on dealing with co-ex­is­tence of other hun­gry stu­dents while wait­ing for your turn as you fall in line. It can also be used as lab­o­ra­tory for en­trepreneur­ship for the stu­dents to ac­quire hands on ex­pe­ri­ence.

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The au­thor is Teacher I at Nues­tra Señora Del Pi­lar In­te­grated School

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