Texas Children Observe National Breakfast Week

Texas Children Observe National Breakfast Week
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Monday, March 5, 2012 - 12:38pm

Nutritious breakfast can lead to better performance in classroom, playground, life

In recognition of National School Breakfast Week, March 5-9, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is asking parents and children to “Go for Gold” during Texas’ Breakfast Olympics.

“Starting the day with a healthy breakfast gives children the fuel they need to excel in school and life,” Commissioner Staples said. “Students who eat a healthy breakfast tend to eat healthier throughout the day. Keeping children nourished and active will help in |the fight against obesity and rising health care costs for Texas. ”

Studies have shown that children who eat breakfast perform better in school and on the playground. They also are more likely to develop healthy eating habits that will follow them into adulthood.

“At the Texas Department of Agriculture, we promote the 3E’s of Healthy Living — Education, Exercise and Eating Right,” Commissioner Staples said. “During National School Breakfast Week and the Breakfast Olympics, I encourage parents and children to go one step further and ‘Go for Gold’ in Texas.”

More than 3,400 schools across the Lone Star State are committed to participating in the Breakfast Olympics. The event is designed to make breakfast a fun part of the day through exciting and innovative themes and activities, such as students dressing up for College Day or 80’s Day. Schools have the option of preparing a special Breakfast Olympics menu and having entertaining exercise activities that tie into the Olympics theme.

For more information on National School Breakfast Week visit www.SquareMeals.org/Breakfast
  

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