National School Breakfast Week is March 5-9
Studies consistently confirm that eating breakfast helps students succeed in school. Beginning the day with breakfast not only improves classroom performance, test scores, and grades, but also decreases behavior problems, tardiness, and absenteeism. Coaches also encourage their athletes to observe proper nutrition.
Many children don’t have time to eat breakfast at home, or simply aren’t hungry early in the morning. For many students, breakfast at school is the perfect solution.
School breakfast is a healthy, nutritious meal and often more economical than eating at home. District 211 schools offer a hot breakfast or cereal, milk, and fruit juice for $1.45 every morning. Breakfast is available before school and throughout most of the morning.
Because teenagers have special nutritional needs (children gain about 20% of adult height and 50% of adult weight during adolescence), it’s crucial they receive proper nutrition. Eating a healthy breakfast helps to provide some of the much-needed calories and nutrients, and research shows that eating breakfast helps prevent teens from becoming overweight.
Encourage your child to begin the day with a healthy meal – the best start to a productive day at school.