Program Advisor Corner
Fueling Greatness with School Breakfast
American kids spend between 900-1,000 hours in school each year.1 In-school wellness programs, including school breakfast initiatives, can instill healthy habits for a lifetime. Unfortunately, many children do not have the availability to receive a nutritious breakfast at home. Approximately one in five households with children struggles to put food on the table at some time during the year.2 Breakfast in school can help to alleviating this issue.
Research shows that improved nutrition and increased physical activity can lead to improved academic performance. Eating breakfast at school can help kids be more attentive, behave better and achieve higher test scores.
What can you do?
- Teach your students about the importance of breakfast.
- Remind students about the availability of school breakfast.
- Reinforce the behavior if you see improvements when students eat breakfast.
- Serve as a role model. Join students for breakfast in the cafeteria or the classroom.
1Deliver, Drew. "School Days: How the U.S. Compares with Other Countries." Pew Research Center, 02 Sept. 2014. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.
2Felling, Christy. "STATEMENT: Share Our Strength’s Bill Shore on New USDA Food Insecurity Numbers | www.nokidhungry.org." No Kid Hungry, 4 Sept. 2014. Web. 01 Feb. 2016.