Want to curb juvenile delinquency and prevent incarceration? Try fruits and vegetables.

Too often efforts to keep kids in school and out of jail fail to consider the link between nutrition and behavior. Programs designed to prevent juvenile delinquency, or rehabilitate offenders, tend to focus correcting problem behaviors and pay little attention to what kids are eating.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the federal office which supports state and local efforts to reduce youth crime, identifies a number of programs as “effective” or “promising.” Of the 249 programs identified, only one includes nutrition and physical activity as program components.

Source: Nourish Their Bodies, Feed Their Minds, Reduce Youth Crime