Diet/Behavior Connection Explored at Dalton State
What role does diet play in human behavior? Quite a lot if you ask Barbara Reed Stitt who will share her findings from working with probationers and high school students in lectures at Dalton State College Wednesday, April 6.
Stitt, author of Food and Behavior: A Natural Connection, will be the guest speaker in the psychology classes of Dr. Dee Langford, Associate Professor of Psychology, who has opened the lectures up to the interested public.
“The work of Barbara Reed Stitt is fascinating and has practical implications for everyone,” Dr. Langford said. “I think her lecture could be instructive to anyone from parents to teachers to those working in corrections.”
Stitt served as an Ohio probation officer for 20 years. In 1971, she developed a program on the relationship of diet and behavior. A five-year study showed that more than 80 percent of people on her fresh, whole foods program did not get back into trouble with the courts. Fourteen scientific studies have since proven that behavior is indeed affected by diet.
In addition, she and husband, Paul, a biochemist with an interest in food science, worked with the Appleton, Wisconsin Alternative High School where they introduced a fresh, whole foods lunch program for students. Their goal was to show that fresh, nutritious food can make a measurable difference in student behavior, learning and health.
The results were impressive; Superintendent Dr. Thomas Scullen reported, “We have kids who have had a lot of problems and got through the whole last year without an expulsion. Drop-outs dropped to non-existent. Kids came to school. They have learned that with healthier foods it’s going to make them better people. It keeps them more focused and makes them happier.”
Articles on Stitt’s work have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Science News and The London Times. She has appeared on CBS Weekend News, Good Morning America, the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, and testified before the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs.
Stitt will present her program three times: at 9:30 a.m., 4:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Lectures will be held in Room 130 of Gignilliat Memorial Hall; the public is welcome to seats remaining in the 115-seat lecture hall after students have been accommodated.
For additional information on the lectures of Barbara Reed Stitt, please call 706-272-4587.