We have heard all our lives that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But now research is starting to prove that’s true. We are now learning that kids who are able to eat breakfast do better in school, have better behavior, and make better grades, especially in math. The sad truth is though that only about half of American kids eat breakfast even though it is offered for free at schools.
One of the greatest advocates for school breakfasts is registered dietitian Dale Hayes. Instead of doing all of the talking I will let her talk for herself. HERE is an article she wrote a few months ago describing why school breakfasts are so important for all students. Take some time to read over it. I love that she points out how parents should get involved making sure their schools offer breakfast even if your kids are able to eat breakfast at home.
You can also check out her blog HERE which is full of great information.
Last week I teamed up with Dairy Max, Fuel Up to Play 60, and Oklahoma Action for Healthy Kids to promote school breakfast at Oakridge Elementary here in Oklahoma City. We had such a great time. We wore our #breakfastslippers, ate breakfast with the kids, and even had former Dallas Cowboy Larry Brown there helping us out!
I encourage you to make breakfast a priority in your family. Also take this time to look closer at your child’s school and the meals they offer. Your child succeeds not only when they get a nutritious breakfast but when their peers are getting a nutritious breakfast as well!
For more great information on School Breakfast and how you can get involved CLICK HERE.