We desire to help our MCA families to be strong and healthy to be in the Lord’s service. We incorporate an encouragement of healthful eating, movement, and good rest.
Healthy Eating (& drinking)
MCA, along with the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (part of the National Institutes of Health) suggests we think about foods in terms of:
Think of the healthiest foods as "go" foods. At school, these foods/drinks are encouraged! We ask that all lunches contain at least one “go” food.These are foods like steamed or raw veggies and milk that are good to eat almost anytime. Students who bring “go” foods may be rewarded for their healthy choices!
Some foods should make you stop, think, and say, "Whoa! Should I eat that?" At school, these foods are limited. You may have one treat at school, if you have two “go” foods; (With the exception that soda/soft drinks will not be permitted).These foods are the least healthy and the most likely to cause weight problems, especially if a person eats them all the time. "Whoa!" foods are once-in-a-while foods, like French fries or ice cream. If a student has only “Whoa” foods, they will be given a school lunch (parents will be billed) and permitted one treat from home.
We provide each student with opportunities to move throughout the day. Studies have proven that in addition to the physical benefits to the body, movement helps with brain growth and learning.
Though we provide these opportunities it is not enough! We encourage you to enroll your child in a sport or plan movement activities (ex: park or a walk) to keep you and your child moving every day.
We strongly encourage you to...
- Get the medically recommended hours of sleep
- ages 3-5 (10-13 hours)
- ages 6-13 years (9-11 hours)
- limit your child's screen time (tv, phones, tablets, etc.) to non-school nights and out of the bedroom always
- keep a consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine (we suggest you include reading the Bible and praying)
- make the bedroom conducive to sleep – dark, cool and quiet
- avoid caffeine and sugar