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Florida School Breakfast Week Ties Nutrition to Academic Achievement

By: Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Release Email
By: Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Release Email

Tallahassee, FL - September 14, 2012

School cafeterias across the state will celebrate Florida School Breakfast Week September 17-21, 2012. Throughout the week, students will participate in activities that focus on the importance of starting each day with a nutritious breakfast as well as physical activity and academic achievement. Studies have shown that students who eat breakfast make greater gains on standardized tests, pay attention and behave better in class, and are less frequently tardy, absent or visiting the nurse’s office. Eating breakfast is also positively linked with maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding health problems associated with obesity.

“The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services provides more than 660,000 fresh, healthy, low-cost, or free school breakfast meals each day,” said Commissioner Putnam. “School breakfast offers a critical service to children whose families struggle to make ends meet and is a convenient option for students who aren’t hungry for breakfast when they first wake up.”

Many Florida schools are serving breakfast in creative ways that meet the diverse needs of their students. Be on the lookout for:

· Breakfast in the Classroom - Students can head straight to class where meals are delivered and served in the classroom.

· Breakfast after First Period - Also called a nutrition break or second chance breakfast, students eat breakfast during a break in the morning, usually between 9:00 am and 10:00 am.

· Grab n’ Go - Breakfasts are packaged in paper bags, boxes or trays. Students can pick up their breakfast and head to class, the cafeteria, or courtyard.

· Breakfast Carts - Mobile serving areas that provide breakfast. Rather than students going to the cafeteria, breakfast is brought to them in designated areas such as courtyard, gym, or near the bus loop.

Parents should contact their local school or the main school food service office to see what breakfast service options are available to students.

For more information about food and nutrition in Florida schools, please visit: www.FreshforFloridaKids.com.

For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com.

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