Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Start the Day Off Right

Everyone knows that breakfast starts the day out right—but can breakfast actually help children and teens learn better? Early evidence says YES! Hunger, even the short-term hunger that may be experienced if breakfast is missed, can decrease the attention span and ability to concentrate. Students who eat breakfast perform better academically and are more alert and willing to learn than those who miss breakfast. Eating breakfast also reduces behavioral problems, absenteeism, and visits to the school nurse office. Without this important meal, it is hard for students to eat enough throughout the day to obtain the nutrients they need to grow, learn, play, and stay healthy. Remember, children and teens learn from what they see-enjoy a healthy breakfast together!

-Olmsted County Public Health

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