Students power up for school breakfast

First Posted: 3/2/2009

DOBSON Kids are a lot like superheroes both need a lot of strength to meet the challenges they face every day.
A nutritious and healthy school breakfast gives students the energy to overcome barriers and succeed academically each day. This year, Surry County Schools Child Nutrition will encourage students to participate in school breakfast by teaming up with some very special superheroes for the Power Up! With School Breakfast campaign.
During this years National School Breakfast Week, students nationwide are invited to join School Breakfast Heroes Mr. Breadfast, Crunch, Fruit Avenger, Yogurt, Susie Powers and their trusty sidekick, Eggbot on a morning adventure as they join together to rescue hungry kids from the plague of the Breakfast Skipper. Now through Friday, school cafeterias nationwide will encourage students to power up with a healthy, nutritious school breakfast.
Throughout the week, students will learn about the health and academic benefits of starting their day with a balanced school breakfast. Through Design You Own Superhero contests to creative writing projects, students will be able to learn about the power of breakfast and its awesome effect on academic achievement and overall student health.
School breakfast provides the necessary energy to start a day of learning and achievement, providing 25 percent of the recommended daily allowance of protein, calcium, iron, vitamins A and C and calories and meeting the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Research has shown that children who eat breakfast at school score better on standardized tests, have fewer health issues and behave better in classes.
Research also indicates that kids who skip breakfast rarely make up for missed nutrients later in the day so skipping breakfast could also affect students performance in after-school activities.
All school meals are served in age-appropriate portion sizes. School breakfasts includes whole grains found in cereal, cereal bars and breakfast sandwiches, as well as fruit and low-fat dairy including milk and yogurt. School meals are not only nutritious, they are also economical. A complete breakfast costs less than a 20-ounce soft drink.
The positive effects that eating breakfast has on students performance in school continues to grow. The School Breakfast Program has been in place for almost 40 years and today more than 10 million children eat school breakfast every day.
The School Nutrition Association launched NSBW in 1989 to raise awareness about the availability of breakfast for all students at school and to draw attention to the link between eating a good breakfast and cognitive growth.
Surry County Schools Child Nutrition serves 3,800 complete breakfasts each school day. The free kindergarten breakfast program operates in eight Surry County elementary schools.

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