Childhood Nutrition



Breakfast builds better bodies, provides fuel for school and boosts brain power! Studies show that when kids eat breakfast they have higher test scores, improved daily attendance and better class participation.

A nutritious start
Breakfast eaters are healthier and more energetic throughout the day. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourages children, as well as adults, to eat breakfast every day to get the nutrients they need for good health.

Eating a nutritious breakfast that includes low-fat or fat free milk provides one-fourth of a child’s daily nutrient needs and is linked to a higher intake of calcium — a nutrient kids are lacking.

Build a better breakfast

  • Be a role model — Your kids are more likely to eat breakfast if you do, too.
  • Beyond boxed cereal — Get creative with breakfast options that kids will be sure to wake up for. Top a tortilla with peanut butter and banana slices and serve with low-fat milk.
  • Rushed morning rescue — Keep portable items on hand such as yogurts in a tube, granola bars, fruit and single-serve, low-fat milk.
  • Eat for energy — Plan breakfast around at least three of the five food groups, especially low-fat or fat-free dairy foods, fruits and whole grains.
  • Late out of the gate? Eat breakfast at school — School breakfast is a convenient and nutritious option for busy families or kids who don’t feel hungry as soon as they wake up. It’s available to all students, regardless of socio-economic background and is a great nutritional value!

School breakfast
School breakfast ensures a nutritious start every day, and expanding breakfast outside the cafeteria is a great way to capture breakfast skippers from all socio-economic levels.  Plus, it’s an effective way to meet your school wellness goals.  Schools find that when they take breakfast to the students, instead of expecting the students to come to the cafeteria, more students eat breakfast, and students have improved test scores, daily attendance and class participation.

Dairy MAX would like to help your school increase your school breakfast participation through a competitive expanding breakfast program.  Your school might be eligible to receive funding to help start up one of the following:  Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab-and-Go Breakfast, a Second Chance Breakfast, or a Universal Breakfast (offering breakfast at no charge to all students.) 

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