Saturday, March 9, 2013

Celebrating National School Breakfast Week 2013


By Nurse Diane

Most people know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  People normally eat dinner around 6 or 7 pm, and by the time breakfast rolls around the next morning, its time to refuel.   This is not only important for adults, but also kids in school.   Children who eat a good breakfast miss less school and do better in courses like math and science.  According to join.strength.org, 21million kids attend school.  Only half of these have a breakfast even though they may be eligible for free or reduced price breakfast.

This year marks the 3rd year for First Lady Michelle Obama's "Lets Move" campaign.  During the anniversary she along with Chef Rachael Ray traveled to Mississippi to help promote school nutrition.  They went to Clinton, MS, right down the street from where I used to live.  They chose this school because of the great improvements they have made not only in school nutrition, but in education too.

This year the slogan is "Be a Star with School Breakfast"  Some sample menus include:
  • Corn Flakes
  • Wheat Toast
  • Bananas
  • frozen peaches
  • Milk
  • Pancakes
  • Syrup
  • Sausage Links
  • Applesauce
  • Grapes
  • Milk
  • Strawberry sandwich
  • Yogurt
  • Apple wedges
  • Fruit Juice
  • Milk
  • Oatmeal
  • Raisins
  • strawberries
  • Milk
  • Breakfast Burrito made with ham and cheese
  • Salsa
  • Orange wedges
  • Fruit Cocktail 
  • Milk

For ways you can help to ensure kids start the day with a good breakfast, click on this site, and they will provide you with a number of a school in your area to call and they will provide you with questions to ask to ensure kids are eating a healthy breakfast.....so lend them a hand and help the kids get a brighter start.  

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