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Press ReleaseMonday, September 15, 2008
DOE Press Office
Florida Celebrates School Breakfast Week
~ Week-long celebration promotes the importance of a nutritious breakfast ~
TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist recently signed a resolution proclaiming Sept.15-19, 2008, as the second annual Florida School Breakfast Week. The Florida Department of Education’s Food and Nutrition Management Office and the Florida Dairy Council will celebrate the week with the theme: “Super Foods Create Super Heroes,” to honor local heroes, including soldiers, law enforcement, firefighters, family and health care professionals. A themed menu has also been created for schools 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 begin their day with a healthy meal are more alert and have shown improved memory and problem solving skills that will help them succeed in school,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “By promoting healthy eating across the state, more students will reap the benefits of improved academic performance and health.”
During Florida School Breakfast Week, students will 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 national school lunch program serves an average of 1.28 million lunch meals each day.
For more information about food and nutrition in Florida schools, please visit, http://www.fldoe.org/FNM/.