Financial literacy and nutrition/health literacy have been long under-taught in the United States school system. One could make an argument that nutrition is single-handily the most important subject that's missing in grade school. Most of our habits that we learn as young children and adolescents tend to follow as we grow into adults. Learning good eating habits and knowing how to properly fuel your body while young, can do wonders as an adult.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 50% of adults in America struggle with preventable chronic diseases that are related to poor eating patterns.
Obesity affects 19% of children and 42% of adults in the United States. These numbers alone are costing over $147 billion dollars annually in medical expenses. The number reported for childhood obesity today is more than three times the numbers reported 30 years ago.
Nutrition education is a vital part of a comprehensive health education program and empowers children with knowledge and skills to make healthy food and beverage choices.