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Florida Department of Health in Duval County celebrates National School Breakfast Week

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March 6, 2017

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: 

Duval County celebrates National School Breakfast Week

 

Contact: 
Heidi Moore 
Heidi.Moore@flhealth.gov

904-253-1010

 

Jacksonville, Fla. — National School Breakfast Week (NSBW), taking place March 6 -10, 2017 this year, is a celebration of the school breakfast program, a federally funded program that makes it possible for school children to receive a nutritious breakfast every school day. The Department of Health in Duval County (DOH-Duval) is using the weeklong celebration to bring attention to the successful breakfast programs in Duval County schools.

 

“Research confirms that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for children’s health, academic achievement, cognitive development and mental health”, said Dr. Kelli Wells, Director of DOH-Duval. “We are strongly support the Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) and their commitment to providing breakfast, healthy meals, and healthy snacks”. 

Duval County has 198 schools and a student enrollment of over 128,000 students.  According to a 2015 survey of Duval County middle school students:

 

Ø  12.3% did not eat breakfast during the last 7 days

Ø  17.8% sometimes, most of the time, or always went hungry because there was not enough food at home during the last 30 days

Ø  16% ate vegetables 3+ times yesterday

Ø  22.8% ate fruit 3+ times yesterday

 

The same study also found that Duval County high school students:

 

Ø  12.0% ate vegetables 3+ times per day in the last 7 days

Ø  9.5% ate fruit 3+ times per day in the last 7 days

Now in its 28th year, NSBW is an opportunity for school districts to ensure that parents and community members are aware of the healthy and tasty breakfast options available to students at school, as well as the numerous benefits of school breakfast. Eating breakfast at school canimprove student academic performance and behavior in the classroom, as well as improve health and reduce hunger among children who have limited or uncertain access to food at home.

 

To find out more about what’s happening this week in DCPS, go to www.duvalschools.org.  

 

About the Florida Department of Health

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