Bells are Ringing for Back to School

Tomorrow morning all of our Florida students will be back in school. And while new prgrsvimghttp://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4939930703692660&w=207&h=207&c=8&pid=3.1&qlt=90clothes are laid out for the morning and back packs sit near the front door, has anyone given any thought to breakfast?

I know that breakfast can be a real battle in some households. But it is too important a battle not to win:

  • Concentration and behavior in the classroom is better.
  • Scores on standardized tests are higher.
  • Fewer students in the clinic with headache/stomach ache.
  • Less absenteeism.

I think the mistake that many families make is not planning ahead. Not every family has time for pancakes and eggs in the morning. While cereal, fruit and milk is quick and nutritious, breakfast does not need to be breakfast food. The object is to get some food into growing bodies and fuel into working brains. Consider these options:

And since every school in Florida (and maybe your district too) offers breakfast, there is really no excuse for your child to go to class without it.

Post by Nadine

About nadineandadamblog

Nadine and Adam are mother and son. Nadine lives in Florida where she has provided outpatient MNT in a large healthsystem for the past 20 years. In addition, she teaches nutrition to second and third year family medicine residents. She is a past-spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Adam lives in Washington State. His career has largely been involved in recipe development and food production. He is currently developing recipes and menus for the Seattle schools to meet the new federal guidelines for school nutrition programs and he does outpatient nutrition counseling. He is also a voice in PSAs over Seattle radio representing the Washington Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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