The piece in the Tampa Bay Times, Personal Best, 4/7/12, page 18; Fats So Maddening, transfat/sugar laden food and its impact on behavior was enlightening. Connecting the dots maybe a critical piece of a puzzle. We have a nation of chidren who are failing in school. We have clear data on nutrition and learning and now behavior. Food has become a sacred cow that we are afraid to address as a primary factor in cortical function. I know we cannot make families eat a healty diet but if we looked at this model from India ( see NPR link below) it may be a starting point. Once a day these schools provide a nutrient dense meal to these children. The meal consists of rice, lentils and vegetables with indian bread. It has drastically changed the learning ability of these children. It is cost effective. If our children's health and ability to learn and do well is our primary concern as a community we should consider this model. Perhaps we could roll this out as part of the free/reduced meal program. Health is not a balance of calories in and calories out but one of sound nutrition.