The Brain Food Project or how to develop the maximum academic potential through nutrition

A group of SEK-Ciudalcampo students, years six Primary and four ESO, with the help of school teachers and University Camilo José Cela and the expert in educational innovation Stephen Heppell, investigate which groups of foods are the most recommended to achieve the highest performance school.

Can you improve the attention of children with brain foods? This is the question that our students are trying to answer and that they are researching with The Brain Food Project. In areas such as sports, diet is key to optimising the performance of elite athletes. As Heppell says, “it is impossible to imagine a football player who does not take into account what he has to eat in the morning when he has a match or what his diet should be.”

The research study on nutrition, initiated by Stephen Heppell and a group of professors from UCJC, has evolved into a line of research led by teachers and students from year six Primary, year four ESO and school doctor at SEK-Ciudalcampo, in addition to the participation of Catergest.

Initially, participants reviewed existing scientific evidence about food groups that may be beneficial for brain activity and learning. A list of 20 was presented that were tested over two weeks in school meals and then were followed by subsequent intelligence and attention tests (TOATEST).

Students participation in the project has meant they have learnt scientific methods and conductive research, in line with the objectives of the IB Primary Years Programme. The project used and interdisciplinary approach, tying into mathematics, writing, science and the arts. In addition, students were given the opportunity to identify and taste foods that are healthy and beneficial for their attention and learning, in addition to their health such as broccoli, lentils, beets, spinach, beans, citrus fruits, olive oil, avocado and dark chocolate.

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