Date of Award/Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

MS in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education

First Supervisor

Diane Barrett

Second Supervisor

Bernard Ricca


Proper nutrition that abides by United States Dietary Guidelines is critical in the cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and physical functioning of students. Food and drink choices that students make are heavily based on their preferences and what is available to them. Students who consume balanced, nutrient dense food and drink perform better in areas of participation, behavior, attendance and get their assigned tasks done more completely than students who do not eat well. Young people of today will be functioning members of society in the future so equipping them with proper education and skills for success is a critical role that educators must capitalize on, however, improper nutrition often poses a serious barrier to equipping students with the necessary tools and skills for success.