School Breakfast, It is a Good Deal!
Eating breakfast every day is what counts, and this is a service your child's school offers. School breakfast gives our children a boost of energy. With many recent updates to the national requirements for the School Breakfast Program, you can trust that your child will be fed a filling breakfast at school. Each student has the option of taking 2 servings of fruit, 1 serving of low-fat or fat-free milk, and 1 or more servings of whole-grain. School breakfasts are a bargain to families across the state, costing less than $1.35. In several districts, including Oklahoma City Public Schools, breakfast is free for all students.
The ONIE team ate breakfast at several OKCPS elementary schools to see what was being served. We liked what we saw! We were surprised how many of the packaged breakfast items offer more nutrients and had less fat than similar items found in the grocery store.
Even if your child eats breakfast at home, it is okay if they eat again at school. New research shows that children who eat breakfast twice do not gain more weight than those who eat just one breakfast. Not eating breakfast or skipping breakfast sometimes is a problem. It is called the breakfast “effect.” Children who skip breakfast or eat it irregularly are twice as likely to be overweight or obese as those who eat breakfast. (1)
As a parent, you are encouraged to get involved with your child's school meals. Contact your child's school to set up a time to eat breakfast and check out all of the options for yourself! Make eating breakfast at school part of your child’s morning routine. It is quick, budget-friendly, and healthy. Not only will your child be fueled with enough energy to keep them thinking all morning-the children love the extra time to hang out with their friends.
On next week’s blog, we will be reporting about school lunches. Stay tuned.
1. Wang, S., Schwartz, M. B., Shebl, F. M., Read, M., Henderson, K. E., & Ickovics, J. R. (2016). School breakfast and body mass index: a longitudinal observational study of middle school students. Pediatric Obesity, doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12127.