National School Breakfast Week (March 2-6) is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the importance of good nutrition and physical activity each day with emphasis on starting the day with breakfast.
Breakfast at school changes lives according to the No Kid Hungry organization. The annual 'Hunger in Our Schools' report identified that 76 percent of educators say that their students come to school hungry and one out of five American kids struggle with hunger.
It's been shown that on average, students that eat school breakfast :
- Achieve 17.5% higher scores on standardized math tests
- Attend 1.5 more days of school per year
- Improve chances of leading healthy lives
- Avoid food insecurity in adulthood due to achievement of higher academic performance
Dairy farmers are helping schools improve and expand their breakfast programs through Fuel Up to Play 60, a program founded by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League in collaboration with USDA, that empowers students to take charge in making small,everyday changes at school that support lifelong health habits and reverse the problem of childhood obesity. Fuel Up to Play 60 is playing a key role in helping schools improve and expand their breakfast program such as the Grab and Go Breakfast, Breakfast in the Classroom and Second Chance Breakfast.