Speaker to help parents-on-the-go fuel students' minds, bodies

Nutrition for performance is topic of Jan. 31 event

Jan. 22, 2013

Parents of Elmbrook students and other community members are about to find out how improved nutrition can lead to better brain and body function.

The Elmbrook Parent Network and Leadership Council has tapped the expertise of local healthcare expert Matt Frahm to present "Hungry for Success? Everyday Nutrition for Optimal Performance" at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at Brookfield East High School.

The program is free for all district residents.

It's part of the council's strategy to build stronger relationships with district parents and the community through meaningful programs.

"We did our due diligence in lining up topics for the year by polling various parent groups and friends to find out what they wanted to know about," said Kristin Westrick, council president. "For a lot of Elmbrook families, food is a constant concern. We know there's been a lot of research on the topic on how food affects performance in the classroom and in athletics, so we wanted to explore that."

Local messenger

The organization found its nutrition messenger in Frahm, a Brookfield chiropractor who has expanded his practice to a national Maximized Living network of 350 chiropractic offices across the U.S. and beyond. The network looks not only at chiropractic methods, but also at how a healthy mind-set, nutrition and exercise are involved in a holistic approach to health. He also has worked with the U.S. Olympic wrestling and judo teams.

Frahm said his message to Elmbrook will focus on awareness.

"The biggest thing that I am going to talk about is how to read ingredients on food labels," Frahm said. "If you know what is in the food you are preparing, you can never go wrong.

"The main issue is to understand all the different dynamics of sugar and what role sugar plays in obesity as well as all the different behavioral issues that affect kids and their families," he said.

Frahm said the same nutritional needs apply for sound mind and body function.

"They go hand in hand," he said. "Whether you perform a physical activity or are studying, you need to have a sound body and mental clarity."

Parent advocate

His message resonates with Elmbrook parents like Linda Lane Holiday, co-chairman of the event.

"We had an opportunity to hear him speak," Holiday said. "He's very enthusiastic and inspirational, and if parents can just walk away from the program with one or two ideas, it will be well worth their time."

Holiday said Frahm has a good understanding that families don't have a lot of time to prepare meals and sit down together to eat them.

"He understands that within our district there are many on-the-go families," she said. "The recipes that he will provide will be geared to that lifestyle."

Holiday also noted that the presentation will help families determine various levels of nutrition commitment, giving them options to what is good, better and best.

Raising three sons, Holiday said, she has tried to practice good nutrition by making and freezing muffins and breads while her children were growing up. Today, one is a vegetarian and the other is interested in properly fueling his body for a summer bike trip.

"I may have been stricter than other parents, but I've always been interested in this topic," she said.

If you go

WHAT:"Hungry for Success? Everyday Nutrition for Optimal Performance"

WHEN:7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 31

WHERE:Brookfield East, black-box theater, 3305 N. Lilly Road


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