ChildObesity180 Launches Web Series on School Breakfast

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ChildObesity180 Launches Web Series on School Breakfast

March 03, 2014

(March 3, 2014) BOSTON, MA - Recent research reveals that children who eat breakfast are healthier and perform better in school than those who do not. School breakfast programs can help children face the day motivated and ready to learn. 

A new series of seven short web videos from ChildObesity180 at Tufts University in Boston, MA serves up the latest research on the School Breakfast Program in bite-sized portions. 

Studies have linked breakfast to:
•    improved nutrition    
•    healthier weight
•    better cognitive functioning and memory    
•    increased academic achievement and test grades

The National School Breakfast Program is uniquely positioned to increase the number of children who eat a healthy breakfast, preparing students to be motivated in school and ready to learn. 

Researchers have recently found that:
•    School breakfast is an under-used resource. In fact, less than half of eligible students participate in the School Breakfast Program.
•    Eating school breakfast is linked to improved scores on math, reading, and science tests.
•    Children who eat school breakfast may have a better intake of vitamins and minerals.
•    Eating school breakfast can protect children from the risk of obesity-related diseases like diabetes.
•    Offering free breakfast to all children benefits both students and their schools.
•    Serving school breakfast in the classroom can boost children’s health and academic achievement.

You can watch the series at childobesity180.org/BreakfastEffect. Ready to promote school breakfast in your district? Access free toolkits, sample menus, and more from Action for Healthy Kids, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Fuel Up to Play 60, GENYOUth Foundation, National Dairy Council, and No Kid Hungry at our breakfast resource page.