National School Breakfast Week and breakfast in the classroom is helping students “get set” for success.
What has been proven to boost test scores, while reducing tardiness and trips to the nurse’s office? School breakfast! Yet in the race to get to the head of the class, many students forget the importance of jump starting their school days with the morning meal.
To highlight how eating a balanced breakfast at school can help students shine, schools across the country will host “School Breakfast – Go for Gold” during National School Breakfast Week, March 5-9, 2012. Cafeterias will celebrate with special menus, events and decorations, fun puzzles and activities.
Federal nutrition standards for school breakfast limit fat and portion size, and cafeterias are already working to meet new requirements for more whole grains, fruits and vegetables with breakfast. To reach more students with these healthy breakfasts, many schools are launching breakfast in the classroom programs, grab-n-go kiosks at the school doors, and breakfast-in-a-bag choices.
In fact, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), as a member of Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom, recently launched an initiative funded by the Walmart Foundation to increase breakfast consumption among schoolchildren and spark the academic and nutritional gains associated with the morning meal.
To learn more about this breakfast in the classroom initiative, check out this video from Prince George’s County Public Schools, MD:
“School Breakfast – Go for Gold” was created by the non-profit School Nutrition Association. This national campaign recognizes National School Breakfast Week, launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to all children and the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles.