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Published at 4:53pm 14th March 2018. (Updated at 10:12pm 14th March 2018)

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What links are there between healthy eating and learning? On International School Meals Day 2018 we've been finding out...

Eating a healthy balanced diet improves concentration, memory and focus, all three of which are needed for a day in the classroom.

Thursday 15th March 2018 is International School Meals Day, a time to have a think about what is on your child's plate, not only at home, but at school too. 

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Two places that know a lot about the importance of nutrition are local fresh produce suppliers Class One Direct and school Queen Ethelburgas Collegiate who cater for 800 students at breakfast and dinner time, and a whopping 1500 students at lunchtime.

Making sure the balance of nutrients is correct is vital to encourage successful learning. 

So what kind of foods are considered best for the brain?

Top 10 Brain Foods...

  1. Wholegrains can improve concentration and focus
  2. Oily fish can promote healthy brain function
  3. Blueberries can boost short-term memory
  4. Tomatoes can prevent free radical damage
  5. Eggs can help delay brain shrinkage
  6. Blackcurrants can reduce stress and anxiety
  7. Pumpkin seeds can enhance memory and boost your mood
  8. Broccoli can improve brain power
  9. Sage can boost memory and concentration
  10. Nuts can protect healthy brain function

A well-balanced diet is essential whatever age you are, but considering how much you learn during your school years, getting a good school dinner is hugely valuable to your child's education. 

Class One Direct, who have been supplying plenty of schools in Yorkshire with some of the best fresh produce, don't only understand the link between good nutrition and education, they also understand the value in choice, minimising food waste and experiencing different flavours from around the world. 

Beth Parsons from Stray FM's Food and Drink Show and Joe Lodge from Class One Direct went to meet James one of the school chefs and students Jack, Libby, Beth, Ella and Samuel at Queen Ethelburgas Collegiate. 

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