HEALTH ASSETS, COGNITIVE FUNCTION AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

Academic performance is the most disturbing thing nowadays. If you're a parent, that might sound familiar to you. Everyone knows the importance of education and its impact on career prospects. But did you ever think, as a parent, after providing all the facilities, why are your children showing poor academic performance? The answer was always in front of you, but compared to academics, you didn't give much attention. It was nothing but the health and mindset of a student. This blog will give you the answer to your question, "Why?

General studies have revealed that students with health problems face difficulties in their academic activities and achievements. To justify this, we need to consider two factors, nutrition and physical activity. Students with good health have good academic skills and excellency in curricular and non-curricular activities. At the same time, students with poor health have decreased cognitive function due to overweight and hypertension. In contrast, higher physical activity levels were correlated with better cognitive function, such as increased concentration and memory.
To understand your children's health index, you need to consider four health assets such as physical health, health behaviours, family environment, and psychological well-being.

Physical health

Do not misinterpret the physical health to bodybuilding! Physical health can address based on healthy weight and physical fitness of an individual. Weight is an important factor in determining whether an individual is underweight, normal weight or overweight based on the body mass index (BMI, kg/m2). While physical fitness is the combination of muscular strength, flexibility and aerobic endurance.
In the present day, poor physical health is a major concern for educational institutions because students are missing their classes and cannot study well due to health-related issues. So, maintaining a healthy body is important for better academic performance.

LifeStyle

The status of a student's health is directly associated with their lifestyle. Health behaviours can influence a student positively and negatively in academics. Several factors affecting our lifestyle are food, consumption of soft drinks, lack of exercise, use of tobacco and tobacco products, overuse of mobile phones, computer and internet make students unhealthy. Due to this lifestyle, the majority of students face the problem of obesity and lack physical fitness.

Unhealthy food habits and skipping of food can directly impact healthy weight and physically fit of an individual. Don’t skip breakfast because it is the brain’s food! Furthermore, adolescents who consume soda and other sweetened products are found to be socially healthy and have good sleep.

Use of tobacco and tobacco products are trending nowadays in youngsters. The main reason for this is to overcome the stress they are going through because of the lack of attention from parents. Its use will adversely affect the oxygen-carrying capacity in blood and make them mentally and physically tired. If a student is tired, he cannot focus on what he is doing, it’s a fact!

New generation adolescents spend most of their time indoor rather than outdoor. Lack of exercise to the body and spending long hours in front of mobile phones, computer and internet also affect mental health. Such individuals are more subjected to depression, overthinking and hypertension which will adversely affect academic performance.

The mental health is very necessary as physical health for a student for good concentration, observation and grabbing skills to acquire the knowledge.

Family environment

Family issues often contribute to a student's impaired mental health. Family is the primary school of a student. If the family fails to provide them with adequate support, they collapse and their academic achievements are also affected.

For a student eating meal with the family, having healthy food and food security, it will boost their mental status. Sadly, instead of focusing on providing mental support, parents are more focused on physical aspects such as TV’s, computers and mobile phone to make them comfortable. The fact is that, instead of strengthening them, they will be weakened.

Psychological well-being

For a student, psychological factors are also as important as physical and mental health. Emotional health is the most important among them. Most of the parents and teachers are familiar with the rapid change of emotions among students; the emotions of feeling dejected, irritability, feeling anxious, bad temper, or feeling sad. But most of the time nobody is bothered about such emotions of students due to lack of time or they have to focus on other important things.

Don’t neglecting such small things because it can become the worst nightmare for any student. Emotional health can also affect their quality of sleep and sometimes feels insecure in their neighbourhoods.

School Health Implications

Health is gaining more importance in curriculum because of the understanding that to close the achievement gap, the health gap should be filled first. Good health is important for students to take full advantage of the education. A school environment that encourages the social and emotional well-being helps in tackling the health-related issues such as poor concentration, grade reduction, low attendance, educational dropout and absenteeism.

Students take teachers as their role models and therefore, school is the best place to learn healthy habits!