School values brekkie for kids
THE most important meal of the day just got a whole lot more important.
Breakfast is a big deal at Whitsunday Anglican School and director of admissions and health and physical education teacher Jamie Novosel said it was the fuel and food for a child to get through their morning at school.
"Students use that fuel for their thinking and physical activity," Mr Novosel said.
"That morning period is so important, it's the perfect time for focussing and learning."
"We found that having our more focus-oriented classes between 8.30am and 11am the best for learning, so we organise our timetable around that."
A recent study by Australian Food and Grocery Council found that one in seven Australian school students are skipping the vital meal.
"Students that don't eat breakfast are less attentive and their focus is lost a little easier," Mr Novosel said.
The school nurse at Whitsunday Anglican School, Wendy Carson, said it was vitally important for children to replenish their body with energy and nutrients.
"We are giving them energy and nutrients they need for their life," Ms Carson said
Healthy Kids Association acting chief executive officer Jennifer Madz said skipping the vital meal had a flow-on effect to other aspects of the child's life.
"A child who has breakfast in the morning is able to concentrate better but the meal is also associated with children having a lower BMI," Ms Madz said.
What do your children eat for breakfast?
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Toast with a spread
Toast with ham/tomato/avocado/cheese
They only eat breakfast if they get out of bed on time
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