OPED—Child Nutrition Starts First Thing In The Morning

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“Texans want our public schools to prepare children to be ready for college or to make a living after high school. Texans have lots of ideas about how to make sure that happens. But lost in all the talk about school funding, student testing and teacher accountability is one relatively simple step proven to work — making sure every child eats a healthy breakfast.

Something as simple as eating breakfast can make a big difference. Studies on school breakfast show that eating breakfast leads to increases in attendance, math scores and graduation rates while decreasing tardiness and classroom behavior problems. Eating a healthy breakfast improves the life of children outside the classroom as well. Children who eat a nutritious breakfast are less likely to be hungry or obese.”

Read the full oped, co-authored by food & nutrition policy analysts Jonathan Lewis & Rachel Cooper, on the Austin American-Statesman’s website.

At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we believe in a Texas that offers everyone the chance to compete and succeed in life. We envision a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated, and financially secure. We want the best Texas - a proud state that sets the bar nationally by expanding opportunity for all. CPPP is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential. We dare Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families.

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  • I believe a no charge breakfast program in our schools would encourage our students to start their day off right and could bring positive healthy and behavior results with students that eat breakfast. In turn students that eat breakfast will usually will eat lunch as well, so financially for school districts it would be a win win solution for everyone. I strongly support this program and what it can bring to our students and schools.

    Suzi David 22.04.2013

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