According to a 2010 study from Columbia University, providing breakfast at school is one of the most cost-effective steps schools can take to improve student wellness. Popular programs don’t cost much to implement and schools end up avoiding the high costs associated with remedial coursework and high absenteeism. In fact, it may cost schools up to $1,392 per student in additional instructional spending to offset the effects of obesity. Kids who eat school breakfast every morning attend, on average, 1.5 more days of school every year and score 17.5 percent higher on standardized math tests than those who don’t start the day off with a healthy meal.
One way schools can ensure students start their days off with a healthy meal is a "Breakfast in the Classroom" program. To learn more about this type of program, please view this video, courtsey of the Midwest Dairy Council:
Promoting healthy options during certain meal or snack times while allowing foods high in calories, fat, sugar and sodium at celebrations sends youth conflicting messages. It is important to provide consistent messaging around healthy eating.