Fueling Greatness: 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.
1Deilver, 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.

On the Plate for March

National School Breakfast Week

Celebrate National School Breakfast Week (NSBW)! The campaign theme, “Wake Up to School Breakfast”, reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day for students. NSBW 2016 is March 7-11. If the timing doesn’t work, celebrate anytime! The week before… the week after… it’s up to you.

  • Learn more about NSBW.
  • Download NSBW handouts for parents and students.
  • Check out activities to promote school breakfast throughout the school year.
  • Enjoy six delicious breakfast recipes.

National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

The 2016 theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.” The Academy encourages everyone to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives. Eating patterns based on the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans  and MyPlate recommendations can accommodate your taste and flavor preferences while maintaining a healthful diet.

  • Check out 36 ideas to get involved in NNM and beyond!
  • Download the “Good Nutrition Reading List” for books and websites that provide timely and scientifically-based nutrition information.

National Ag Day – March 15

Recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by local farmers with the Fuel Up to Play 60 “Farm to School” Healthy Eating Play. Learn how farmers take care of the land and grow the food you eat. Team up with the people in your community to learn more about the benefits of eating fresh dairy and farm-raised foods from your area.

If you’re interested in teaching your students about dairy, then “Discover Dairy!”