National School Breakfast Week

by SKHC Editor on March 12, 2010

National School Breakfast Week wrapped up today however the ‘School Breakfast – Ready Set Go!’ campaign runs through the end of the month. The School Breakfast – Ready Set Go Campaign demonstrates how eating school breakfast sets students up for a busy day at school and also helps students learn about the importance of eating healthy and being active.

Did you know that an estimated half of children head off to school without eating breakfast? When you’re hungry you know it’s hard to concentrate and complete what needs to be done. You also know that hunger also leads to disruption and irritability. It’s no different for children and in the end what suffers in their education.

That is why in 1966 the School Breakfast Program (SBP) started as a pilot program severing approximately 80,000 children. Today, the SBP serves more than 10 million school children per year who are eligible for free or reduced priced meals. That’s a major increase but considering in the 2006 – 2007 school year a projected 55 million K – 12 students would be enrolled in US elementary and high schools, and an estimated half of those students missed breakfast…that’s a lot of lost education.

Does your school offer the SBP? How often do you discuss the importance of a healthy breakfast and being active with your students/children?

Source: Census.gov, Kohl.Senate.gov, SchoolNutrition.org

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