Connecting Nutrition with Student Performance: How Secretary Vilsack says the two go hand in hand

Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, explained the connection between nutrition and student performance at a recent elementary school visit.

Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, recently visited an elementary school in Washington, D.C. to boost school nutrition efforts.

During the visit, he explained the connection between receiving a good, nutritious meal with students doing their best in the classroom.

“Nutrition is an incredibly important part of the school day. It’s not a separate and distinct kind of thing. It’s not something that we have to do because kids are here to learn. These educators understand and appreciate that there is direct connection between good solid nutrition and the ability to get a healthy meal and the ability of these students to be the brightest and best students they are capable of being,” said Vilsack.

Vilsack also promoted the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health scheduled later this month. The conference was last held in 1969.

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