PSD cel­e­brates Na­tional School Break­fast Week

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To en­cour­age more fam­i­lies to take ad­van­tage of the healthy choices avail­able for school break­fast, Polk School Dis­trict schools will cel­e­brate Na­tional School Break­fast Week dur­ing March 4-8, 2019.

Busy week­day morn­ings make it a chal­lenge for many fam­i­lies to find time for a healthy break­fast. How­ever, US Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture data show that more and more stu- dents are start­ing their day with a nu­tri­tious break­fast in their school cafe­te­rias. The USDA School Break­fast Pro­gram cur­rently serves 14 mil­lion stu­dents ev­ery day. Stud­ies show that stu­dents who eat school break­fast are more likely to:

♦Reach higher lev­els of achieve­ment in read­ing and math

Score higher on stan­dard­ized tests

Have bet­ter con­cen­tra­tion and mem­ory ♦Be more alert

Main­tain a healthy weight The Na­tional School Break­fast Week (NSBW) cam­paign theme, “Start Your En­gines,” re­minds the en­tire school com­mu­nity that school break­fast pro­vides a healthy and en­er­giz­ing start to the day for stu­dents. Stu­dents will be en­cour­aged to show their en­thu­si­asm for “Start Your En­gines” from March 4-8 with spe­cial menus, cafe­te­ria events, and more.

“A healthy break­fast at the start of the day is one way to en­sure stu­dents are get­ting the best ed­u­ca­tion they can,” said School Nu­tri­tion Di­rec­tor, Linda Hol­land. “Na­tional School Break­fast Week helps us ed­u­cate par­ents and stu­dents about all the healthy, great tast­ing, and ap­peal­ing choices we of­fer”. The dis­trict serves over 4,000 break­fast meals daily through the fed­er­ally funded School Break­fast Pro­gram. School nu­tri­tion pro­fes­sion­als in Polk School Dis­trict pre­pare break­fast and lunches ev­ery day that meet fed­eral nu­tri­tion stan­dards – lim­it­ing fat, calo­ries and sodium – while en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to choose from the fruits, vegeta­bles and whole grains of­fered with school meals.”

Polk School Dis­trict serves break­fast in hall­ways and cafe­te­rias meet­ing the stu­dents with hot bis­cuits and break­fast stu­dent fa­vorites in “Grab N Go” ser­vice line and the tra­di­tional cafe­te­ria tray­line.

The “Start Your En­gines” cam­paign is made pos­si­ble by the School Nu­tri­tion As­so­ci­a­tion and Kel­logg’s.

Par­ents and stu­dents can fol­low the fun on Face­ TrayTalk us­ing the hash­tag #NSBW19

For more in­for­ma­tion about Polk School Dis­trict meals, visit­nu­tri­tio­nand­fit­­dex. php?sid=1469828596485­nu­tri­ SchoolMeals.

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