Special Meal Information
It is very important for students and parents to understand the importance of school meals, both breakfast and lunch. Studies have shown that eating a balanced breakfast at school helps children learn, have sharper memory, have better cognition, stay focused and behaved, and have higher testing scores. School lunch provides at least two servings of fruits and vegetables. There are federal laws in place that requires servings that are age-appropriate and prohibits the sale of soda during lunch. A variety of fat-free milk choices, 100% Fruit Juice, and water are available to drink at meals. School meals offer a variety of foods each day, which will help children to get nutrients needed from each food group. This will also help children develop a taste for several different types of food. As parents, you can also work to provide and develop healthy eating habits at home. Other things to live by include the 5-2-1-0 Campaign, five or more fruits and vegetables, two hours or less screen time, one hour or more physical activity, and zero sugary drinks each day. These four behaviors can help to reduce childhood obesity, which has nearly tripled in the past three decades. Childhood obesity puts children at risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, breathing problems, sleep disturbances, and depression. See links for more information on nutrition and physical activity resources.
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