It Starts with School Breakfast
Healthy students are better students. Research shows that improved nutrition, including daily breakfast, 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.
Breakfast is crucial, but millions of kids aren’t eating this important meal. One study shows that more than 60 percent of students do not eat breakfast each day. This may be due to habit, hectic mornings, or lack of food at home. No matter the reason, many kids are showing up to school hungry and may not be set up to succeed in the classroom.
Fuel Up to Play 60, Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and Dean Foods are launching the It Starts with School Breakfast campaign, empowering students and families to lead change in their own schools and communities to increase school breakfast awareness and participation. The campaign starts in schools on February 17 and leads into the national campaign launch on March 3. The campaign ends on March 31.
Get involved! Show your support for school breakfast.
Are You In?
We know healthy students are better students and simple solutions can have a big impact. This school year, join Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association as we work to increase access to good nutrition and physical activity in schools through Fuel Up to Play 60. Fuel Up to Play 60 is the nation’s largest health and wellness program created by the National Dairy Council and National Football League, in collaboration with USDA, and inspires students to take charge in making everyday healthy changes at school. With research showing that increased physical activity and access to good nutrition can lead to improved academic performance, Fuel Up to Play 60 plays a critical role in our schools. So, are you in to help kids lead healthier, more active lives? ? Show us!
The Learning Connection
Nutrient-rich foods and physical activity are not only good for child health, but also learning. Research shows that regular access to better nutrition, starting with breakfast, along with increased opportunities for physical activity may help students reach their potential throughout the school year. Finding a balance between academic rigor and health and wellness efforts in the school environment has become an increasing priority. The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Success Through Healthy School Environments, reinforces the “learning connection” — the crucial link between quality nutrition, physical activity and academic performance. Findings suggest:
- More than half (62%) of all teens say they do not eat breakfast every day of the week.
- Breakfast eaters have better attention and memory than breakfast skippers.
- Three-in-four high school students aren’t active for the recommended 60 minutes each day.
- Students who were more active during school performed better on standardized tests for reading, math and spelling.
- Executive Summary
- Report Brief for School Administrators
- Report Brief for Parents
- Report Brief for Students