Give ‘Em Breakfast. Give ‘Em A Boost.
by June Wedd
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Many schools are adopting new strategies, like Grab and Go, Breakfast in the Classroom and Second Chance Breakfast so more students can eat breakfast at school.
Moving breakfast to a time and location that is often more convenient for students allows them to start their day off right with the fuel they need to help them succeed.
Studies show that students who eat breakfast on a regular basis score more than 17% higher on math tests, on average and attend 1.5 more days per year on average. Students who attend class more regularly are 20% more likely to graduate from high school.
Ohio and West Virginia schools know that eating breakfast at school helps students be more attentive, behave better and achieve higher test scores.
Schools in Ohio and West Virginia are scoring high marks for the changes they have made in their school breakfast programs, according to the recently published Food Research and Action Center’s (FRAC) School Breakfast Scorecard.
In fact, West Virginia had the largest increase in the nation in the number of kids eating school breakfast. Every school in West Virginia serves breakfast, and this year, they demonstrated that by offering breakfast outside of the cafeteria, more kids ate breakfast every day.
Ohio ranks 7th in the nation in the number of students eating breakfast at school. However, only 36.3% of Ohio teens report eating breakfast every day, according to the Ohio Department of Health. That’s why the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge encourages schools to serve breakfast in alternative settings, like the classroom, so more students are reached.
The Challenge is supported by the American Dairy Association Mideast, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Ohio Action for Healthy Kids, Ohio School Nutrition Association, and the Ohio Department of Education.
Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation’s largest in school health and wellness program, is also playing a key role in helping schools expand their breakfast programs by providing resources and grant funds that can be used to purchase items such as coolers, carts, insulated bags or Grab and Go kiosks.