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MINDS CAN’T BE NOURISHED IF BODIES AREN’T FED, TOO

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Joycelyn Elders says children must eat well to learn well.

The surgeon general said poor children get stuck in a vicious cycle: Their bad diet makes it hard to learn, and their lack of education leads to more poverty."These children learn early that they can't control their destiny," Elders said Monday in Medford, Mass. "So how can they learn to improve their lives?"

Elders spoke at a conference called "The Link Between Nutrition and Cognitive Development in Children," sponsored by the Center on Hunger, Poverty and Nutrition Policy at Tufts University.