Celebrate National Nutrition Month
This annual observance is a campaign led by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help people develop healthy eating and physical activity habits.Read More
Eating a school breakfast helps kids start the day right, improves academic scores, increases attendance and reduces behavior problems. Schools do many things to help increase breakfast participation; moving breakfast to the classroom or creating grab and go kiosks or carts in busy entry points are all great ways to drive participation, but adding a little competition helps, too.
What is a breakfast challenge? It is a contest between schools or within a school to increase breakfast participation among students. It’s implemented by comparing grade levels, classrooms, or even schools to determine which group has the greatest school breakfast participation during a set time-period. End with a class or schoolwide celebration. Hosting a school breakfast challenge is a great way to get everyone excited about starting the day eating healthy food.
Try running a school breakfast challenge kick-off event during National School Breakfast Week in early March, and run the challenge through Every Kid Healthy Week at the end of April. Schools or classes with the greatest increase in participation or that meet a certain target win the challenge! It’s always great when the entire school gets to celebrate and ‘win.’
Celebrate your success by hosting a school-wide family fitness night or invite the families of the winning class to a community breakfast event with families.
Link the event to the Learning Connection. Spring is often busy with school testing, and breakfast supports academic performance.
Engage volunteers by enlisting parents, teachers and others to help with planning the challenge and manage the tracking of breakfasts within the school.
Ask local businesses for donations of items or gift cards that you can use as prizes and rewards.
Invite a local chef, celebrity or athlete to come in and share their favorite healthy breakfast recipe to get students and families excited.
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