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Here are some reasons breakfast is so important for students.
Nashville, Ark. – Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast really does make better
students. With school starting next week, parents will be thinking about planning
and serving their children a healthy breakfast.
According to a study by Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard
Medical School found that children who eat breakfast showed significant gains in math
scores, decreased rates of tardiness and fewer discipline problems. This is good news
for parents, children and teachers. Children, who come to school, not hungry, are
alert and ready to learn.
Breakfast also has a positive effect on a child’s body mass index – an
indicator of obesity. In a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic
Association, children who eat breakfast tend to have lower BMI than children who skip
breakfast. The study also found that children who skipped breakfast showed an increase
in BMI as they grew older, indicating there are long term, negative effects from making
a habit of skipping breakfast.
Parents may think it is okay for my child to skip breakfast; they can
catch up on nutrients later in the day. Instead, people (including children) who skip
breakfast usually reach for low-nutrient, high-fat foods. They do not get needed nutrients
that are missed; add to diet-related health issues.
So, if breakfast is so important, why do people often skip it? One main
cause is lack of time. It is hard to get into a school routine where you get up early
and allow enough time to include a healthy breakfast. However, breakfast does not
have to take a lot of time to prepare and many can be eaten on the run.
Breakfast on the run can include something as simple as peanut butter
on toast made from whole grain bread. Whole grain break enhances the taste of the
peanut butter. Add a glass of milk or 100% juice and you have a quick, healthy breakfast.
Other ideas for quick breakfasts include:
Finally, take time to eat with your children. Parents have the opportunity
to model good eating habits. These are habits that can stay with them for a lifetime.
For more information on eating a healthy breakfast or nutrition information,
contact the Howard County Extension Office at 870-845-7517 or visit our office located
on the second floor of the courthouse.
Here is a great smoothie that takes just a couple of minutes to prepare.
You can use any fruit of your choice. Experiment with new flavors. Smoothies are
a good source of protein. Protein helps you to feel full longer. The fruit adds vitamins,
especially Vitamin C.
1 ripe medium banana (ones with small brown specks on the skin will be the sweetest)
¾ cup fresh or frozen berries or fruit (blueberries, strawberries, peaches, mangos,
¼ cup non-fat vanilla yogurt
¾ cup skim milk
Pinch of cinnamon
½ cup ice
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Enjoy!
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff Chair U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 firstname.lastname@example.org
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