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January 22, 2013
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Part I: SNA Special News Report: Healthy Starts
Breakfast plays an important role in helping students reach their potential, and many schools are taking steps to ensure students receive this meal as part of a healthy start to the school day.

In Part I of this two-part special news report, SNA SmartBrief provides an update on recent news about the number of students receiving breakfast at school each day. We also look at coverage of the role breakfast and morning exercise play in student performance. Finally, we offer a list of valuable resources from the School Nutrition Association.

In Part II of this report, coming Thursday, SNA SmartBrief will take a look at news about two schools being featured in Kellogg's "Great Starts" videos. In addition, we'll offer a roundup of school breakfast news and what's working in schools.

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  Top Story 
  • Report: More low-income students eat breakfast at school
    A report from the Food Research and Action Center found that a growing number of students nationwide who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals are eating breakfast at school. Crystal FitzSimons, director of school programs for FRAC, said some of the most successful programs serve students in the classroom. "We call that breakfast in the classroom, or 'grab-and-go' breakfast," she said. "And so, the kids are able to eat with their classmates; they eat while the teacher is taking attendance or doing the first morning lesson. And they're able to start the school day ready to learn, because they've had a healthy breakfast." KTVZ-TV (Bend, Ore.) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Student Performance 
  • Schools in England test free universal breakfast
    In response to reports of hungry students in schools, a council in England has approved a three-month pilot program in which all students in Blackpool schools will receive free breakfasts. The program will be open to all students -- regardless of their families' income -- and will include cereal, fruit and other items. Educators say they believe the program will lead to higher academic achievement among students. BBC (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Which foods help students get a healthy start?
    Dietitian Kirsty Seaton in this article outlines key breakfast foods that can help jump-start Australian students' learning. Her recommendations include cereals, milk and fruit. "Carbohydrates are a very important staple in a student's and child's diet," she said. "Dairy is also great for growing minds." Gladstone Observer (Australia) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mont. school improves student focus with exercise program
    Students at Bryant Elementary in Helena, Mont., can gather each morning before the school day begins to have fun, jump and play. School officials started the "Fun to Run" program five years ago to help improve students' concentration and overall academic performance. "It helps me be a better learner and it gets my brain going," says Merriam Daniels, a first-grader. "It gives you a lot of energy for playing [and] doing whatever you want." Independent Record (Helena, Mont.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. schools adopt morning exercise, healthier meals
    Two elementary schools in a Florida district recently received the Gold Award of Distinction as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's HealthierUS School Challenge. Both schools have made nutrition, wellness and physical fitness priorities for students and staff. One principal, Jen Homard, appears on the morning announcements each day to try the fresh fruit of the day being served in the school cafeteria. "I figure they'll say, 'If Ms. Homard is trying it, then it must be OK,' " she said. The Gainesville Sun (Fla.) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SNA Resources 
  • "Be a Star" with National School Breakfast Week
    Did you know that 12 million students each day are served by the School Breakfast Program? All the more reason you should join school cafeterias nationwide March 4 through 8 in celebrating National School Breakfast Week. This year's theme, "Be a Star with School Breakfast," highlights how eating a balanced breakfast at school helps students shine. If you are still in the planning process, visit the official NSBW website for promotional ideas and resources. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Breakfast in the Classroom Resource Center
    Thinking about implementing breakfast in the classroom in your district or need more information about alternative breakfast models? The School Nutrition Foundation's Breakfast in the Classroom Resource Center has a wealth of ideas and tools to help guide you in making the right choices for the children in your district. Also, be sure to stay up to date with the Beyond Breakfast Blog available at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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