A new study conducted of 5,000 9- to 11-year-olds demonstrates significant positive associations between breakfast consumption and educational outcomes.The research found that the odds of an above average Teacher Assessment score were up to twice as high for pupils who ate breakfast, compared with those who did not.
JAMA Pediatrics Editorials: breakfasts improving academic performance; school-based and home lunches
January's edition of JAMA Pediatrics includes two editorials on breakfasts improving academic performance and comparative qualities of school-based and home lunches.
Nutrition for Learning supports nutritious food programs for 14,000 students in 145 elementary and secondary schools in Waterloo Region. A new pilot project, a bulk-buying program, will buy and deliver food to 26 schools. By doing so, the organization shoulders some of the labour that can exhaust busy volunteers and staff at schools, and it gets a better price by buying in bulk.
Toronto’s Muslim Welfare Centre has led the trend of donating locally, after years of Islamic charities focusing on international aid. The Muslime Welfare Centre has donated $30,000 to the Toronto Foundation for Student Success to help support Student Nutrition Programs across Toronto.
Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, Medical Officer of Health for Peterborough City and County, writes about the importance of breakfast programs as an asset for all students that contributes to their health, academic and personal success.