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Health habits tied to academic success

Studies show that healthy habits improve students' success in school.

Studies show that healthy habits improve students' success in school.

Studies show that healthy habits improve students' success in school.

Studies show that healthy habits improve students' success in school.

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A recent study revealed a correlation tying students’ health habits to academic success. While it  did not show a cause-effect relationship, the study did highlight the connection between the two.

The survey evaluated the district test scores of over 900 students in grades five and six in New Haven, Conn.

The Journal of School of Health published the study and drew a connection between students who maintained healthy lifestyles and academic success. Health factors identified as beneficial to academic success included sustaining healthy weight, practicing physical activity, having access to healthy foods, refraining from fast food and sugary drinks, and sleeping an adequate number of hours.

“Sleep definitely affects student academics. It gives us energy and the ability to stay awake during class so we can pay better attention,” said junior Christina Strimpfel.

Students who maintained healthy habits were twice as likely to achieve their target scores in math, reading and writing.

Academy students’ personal anecdotes confirmed the data from Connecticut.

“I personally found that once I started going to sleep early, my grades and health improved,” said sophomore Janette Bow-Keola.

Educational programs promoting balanced diets and healthy lifestyles yield positive results in preventing unhealthy habits and accelerating academic success.

“Those who diet tend to have more self-control and time management. Time management means they are good at organizing. Good organization means they have more focus on studying,” said junior Julie Nguyen.

Aina Katsikas, Editor, Reporter

Aina Katsikas is a senior and second-year member of the Ka Leo staff. She is an 11-year veteran of the Academy and is currently Student Body president....

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