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Feed Your Brain: National School Breakfast Week

Feed Your Brain: National School Breakfast WeekDoes it seem like your students are skipping breakfast and rushing off to school every morning?

Your instincts are right, they probably are. Thousands of parents complain every day about their children missing breakfast. Doctors call it the most important meal of the day, as it prepares the brain for the stresses of the upcoming 24 hours.

Well, now National School Breakfast Week is upon us. The School Nutrition Association is reminding everyone about the importance of a healthy meal in the morning—but how can you drive the point home to your kids in class? Well, you can start with these fun activities. Remember, healthy kids have healthy brains!

Writing Contest

The School Nutrition Association has arranged a writing contest to get students thinking about healthy morning meals. Kids have a chance to dream about breakfast this week, as they will have an opportunity to write about breakfast with their favorite person in the world.

This is exactly what they have to write about: (from the SNA)

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  • “If you could enjoy school breakfast with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?”
  • “What healthy school breakfast food would you want to share with them and why?”

So what’s the incentive to write in? The three national winners will have their work published in School Nutrition Magazine and will receive special prizes from the School Nutrition Association.

Calorie Count

Other classroom activities can incorporate math and science into National School Breakfast Week . High school students, for example, can research the number of calories contained in each of the foods they consume at breakfast and add up the total calories. Have them compose a report, comparing the different calories contained in the different foods, and their comparative nutritional value. You might even consider publishing some of the best reports in your school newspaper or magazine, with prizes on offer for the writers.

Drawing a Better Breakfast

Younger students can be encouraged to do something different to celebrate this wonderful week . They can be asked to draw pictures of healthy and less-healthy breakfast foods. Boxes of breakfast cereal, granola bars, and other packaged breakfast foods can make a great reward for their effort, too.

Show and Tell

Another way to incorporate this special day into classroom activities could be by asking kids to do a ‘show and tell’ about a healthy breakfast. Having kids bring their breakfast to school can make sure they’re eating right today—and, more importantly, that they know how to eat right every day.


Have you been doing anything to educate your kids about the importance of a healthy breakfast this week? Tell us in the comments!

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