How do we keep our college students well nurished and well rested?
It seems to be a common idea that students that study hard will be mal-nurished and have just a few hours of sleep in their day.
In public schools from k-12, there is definitely nutrition breaks, with subsudized meals during school hours, but students may not have gotten the amount of rest that doctors say as healthy. This lack of sleep is probably more prevalent in higher grades around 6-12 grades(maybe more prevalent in 9-12). Is this a sign that something among school systems needs to be changed?
Now to the main focus of this discussion; which is more important nutrition or rest? Well, I beleive that both are equally important. College is the beginning of many individuals' independence and the workload shift are usually a far cry from current public high schools. This change in difficulty in academics isn't easily adjustable for everyone, but what if we added some subsudized nutrition breaks in colleges (maybe this system is less viable among all colleges)? The more important thought in my mind was how do we keep students well rested and attentative in classes? The gap of workload from public high schools to colleges seem to catch many students ill-prepared. This causes students to either give up or spend much more hours on assignments than if they were prepared.
Is there better system in which students can be well rested and well nurished to maximize their learning capacity?