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PRESS RELEASE

March 9, 2006

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Florida Celebrates National School Breakfast Week

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner John L. Winn today announced the celebration of National School Breakfast Week during March 6-10. National School Breakfast Week is part of National Nutrition Month and focuses on the availability of breakfast for all students at school and the link between eating a good breakfast and academic achievement.

"Research shows that children who eat breakfast have better problem-solving skills, verbal fluency and improved memory," said Commissioner Winn. "Academic performance is enhanced when students start their day with a nutritious meal."

More children than ever before are eating breakfast at school. In Florida, more than 490,000 school breakfast meals are served each day to students as part of the National School Breakfast Program. Nationwide, more than 9.2 million children were served during the 2004-05 school year. Healthy school breakfasts, such as those served in Florida public schools, consist of whole grains and fresh fruit based on federal nutrition guidelines.

For more information about food and nutrition in Florida public schools, please visit www.fldoe.org/fnm/.