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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

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(850) 245-0413

Students “Power Up” for National School Breakfast Week

~ This year’s superhero theme highlights the benefits of a nutritious meal ~

TALLAHASSEE – Florida is encouraging students to “Power Up! With School Breakfast” March 2-6, 2009, in recognition of National School Breakfast Week. This year’s theme features a team of superheroes who show students the importance of eating a healthy and nutritious breakfast every day. For over 30 years the National School Breakfast Program has contributed to the health and educational development of the nation’s children.

“School Breakfast Superheroes is a wonderful campaign designed to educate students about the benefits of beginning their day with a healthy breakfast,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “Research shows that academic performance is enhanced when students begin their day with a nutritious meal.”

Students are invited to join the School Breakfast Superheroes throughout the week on a morning adventure as they band together to rescue hungry kids from the plague of the Breakfast Skipper. Mr. Breakfast, Crunch, Fruit Avenger, Yogirl, Susie Powers the Sandwich Sensei and their trusty sidekick Eggbot will unite to educate students about the health and academic benefits of starting their day with a balanced school breakfast.

The School Nutrition Association launched National School Breakfast Week in 1989 to raise awareness about the importance of breakfast for students and to draw attention to the link between eating a good breakfast and cognitive growth. School breakfast provides 25 percent of the recommended daily allowance of protein, calcium, iron, vitamins A and C and calories as well as the necessary energy to start a day of learning.

For more information about National School Breakfast Week, visit http://www.schoolbreakfast.org.

To learn about food and nutrition in Florida schools, visit http://www.fldoe.org/FNM/.