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September 17, 2007

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Commissioner Blomberg Recognizes Florida School Breakfast Week

TALLAHASSEE - In April, Governor Charlie Crist signed a resolution proclaiming September 17-21, 2007, as Florida School Breakfast Week. In observance of this resolution, Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg, in conjunction with the Department of Education’s Food and Nutrition Management Program and the Florida Dairy Council, will host a breakfast celebration in Tallahassee on Thursday, September 20, 2007. The event, celebrating this year’s theme “Excellence Begins with School Breakfast!”, will be held to promote the availability of breakfast for all students and the strong link between eating a nutritious breakfast and improved academic achievement and physical performance.

“Students who eat a healthy breakfast perform better in school,” said Commissioner Blomberg. “This week showcases the importance of starting the day with a nutritious meal.”

During Florida School Breakfast Week, students across the state focus on physical activity, academic excellence, and the importance of starting each day with a nutritious breakfast. Research shows that behavioral, emotional, and academic problems are more prevalent among children with hunger; however, academic performance and readiness are enhanced when students start their day with a nutritious meal.

In Florida, more than 488,000 school breakfast meals are served daily to students, whereas the school lunch program serves an average of 1.28 million lunch meals each day. Only 38 percent of the students who eat lunch also eat breakfast.

For more information about food and nutrition in Florida schools, please visit, http://www.fldoe.org/FNM/.