Crystal V. – BASIS Ahwatukee

BASIS Ahwatukee Senior Crystal V.

Through the Looking Glass: Nutrition on Academics in Vietnam

Project/blog link: Through the Looking Glass: Nutrition on Academics in Vietnam
BASIS Advisor: Mrs. Raechl Kynor
Internship location: Three Schools in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Onsite Mentor: Ms. Thanh Vo, Literature Teacher

Project Abstract

Have you ever wondered how nutrition may impact how we perform on a daily basis? The goal of this project is to explore the extent of nutrition's impact on adolescent academic performance in Saigon, Vietnam. Nutrition is an important factor in a child's learning development, impacting concentration, behavior, and cognitive ability. From fresh poultry to herbs grown right in back of the restaurant, Vietnam is a food hub comprised of proud cooks and passionate eaters. In a city with a rich history and a refined cuisine influenced by the French, I will uncover the food options readily available in Saigon, determine their nutritional value, and compare their diet to the American standard of healthy eating. As previously studied by many researchers and dietitians, data shows that a lack of nutrition positively correlates to lower academic performance in students. However, does the same result apply to an audience on the other side of the world? By conducting this project, not only will I be able to explore the importance of a healthy diet in children, but also bring awareness to a country in which nutrition has not been widely studied.

Through the Looking Glass: Nutrition on Academics in Vietnam