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Getting More Students to Begin Their Day with Breakfast

“Take the School Breakfast Challenge” Encourages Berlin Central School Families to Choose Breakfast at School

Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for families to find time for a healthy breakfast. However, US Department of Agriculture data show that more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias. To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast, Berlin Central School District will recognize National School Breakfast Week during March 6-10, 2017.National School Breakfast Week

The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “School Breakfast Challenge,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day for students. Students will be encouraged to “Take the Challenge” from March 6-10. Nutritious, inviting, delicious breakfast items will be served each day.

All students in the district are invited to enjoy breakfast for free on Wednesday, March 8. Teachers and staff of the Berlin Central School District will help with the challenge by serving the students breakfast. Students will have the chance to vote on their favorite “character.” Any student that eats breakfast every morning during the challenge will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card.

“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education they can,” said Tammy Whitman, Food Service Director at Berlin CSD. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy and appealing choices we offer.”

Berlin CSD serves between 150–200 breakfast meals daily through the federally funded School Breakfast Program. School nutrition professionals prepare breakfast and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories and sodium – and encourage students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.

National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program to all children and to promote the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles. The “Take the School Breakfast Challenge” is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association, Kellogg’s and Potatoes USA. Parents and students can follow the fun on Facebook.com/TrayTalk.

For more information about schools meals, visit the Berlin CSD Food Services webpage or www.schoolnutrition.org/SchoolMeals.