Saturday, March 17, 2007

Breakfast before school

Shockingly, in the UK up to 20% of children go to school having had nothing to eat in the morning. Did you know that a child's nutritional breakfast is not only essential for bodily health but also gives him an academic edge over those kids that skip breakfast in the morning?

Many research studies have demonstrated that eating breakfast improves children’s problem solving abilities, memory, visual perception and creative thinking.

Here in the UK, many Welsh schools have implemented free breakfast clubs to encourage primary school children to get into the habit of eating breakfast.

If your kids aren't lucky enough to get a free breakfast at school, please make it a priority to ensure they get one before leaving the house!

Wishing you and your kids academic and goal-setting success!



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Pollitt and Matthews (1998). Breakfast and cognition: an integrative summary.

Powell et al (1998). Nutrition and education: a randomised trial of the effects of breakfast in rural primary school children.

Wesnes et al (2003). Breakfast reduces declines in attention and memory over the morning in schoolchildren.

Busch, C. (2002). The effects of breakfast composition on cognitive processes critical to learning in young children.

Waggoner, A. (2002). Breakfast consumption and student achievement prior to lunch.

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