Florida's Agriculture Commissioner Promotes School Breakfast Week

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Posted at 6:26 PM, Sep 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-16 18:26:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL)– It’s Florida School Breakfast Week.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is celebrating Florida School Breakfast Week from Sept. 15-19 to help increase participation in school breakfast.

“Research shows there is a direct connection between a good, healthy breakfast and improved academic performance,” said  Putnam. “Using creative approaches to promote breakfast, like Grab-and-Go and Second Chance Breakfast, we’re helping students get the fuel they need to succeed in school.”

He says one in 10 children skip breakfast in the morning.

He says research shows that students who eat breakfast have higher grades, better attendance and better behavior.

Research also shows that children who eat breakfast have a healthier weight than those who miss it. School meals are healthier than ever. Each child will receive whole grains, fruit, milk and more.

To celebrate Florida School Breakfast Week, the department brought together school food service employees and district administrators for a Florida School Breakfast Summit in Tampa on Monday. The agenda included items on how healthy eating leads to improved academic performance and best practices to increase participation of school breakfast.