School, Part Of A Complete Breakfast
Contributed by: News Canada
(NC) - From long school bus commutes early in the morning to extra-curricular activities during lunch or after school, balancing daily time constraints often leaves many children and their parents crunched for time. Combine that with planning and preparing balanced breakfasts and lunches to eat during the school week and it's no wonder that the common excuse for not eating healthy is being too busy! But with childhood obesity and related diseases like diabetes on the rise, it's more important than ever to make the time for healthy eating.
"September is BREAKFAST FOR LEARNING Month, which means focusing on getting children to school well nourished and ready to learn. One of the challenges is that most people think that healthy eating takes more time," says Carol Dombrow, Registered Dietitian and nutrition consultant for BREAKFAST FOR LEARNING. It's really a myth that healthy eating takes longer; a few simple choices each day can help children develop healthier habits that will last a lifetime.
Morning is often the busiest time of the day, with parents running behind and the kids about to miss their bus, breakfast is sometimes overlooked. The reality is that many children in Canada - 32% of elementary and 62% of secondary school students - receive a failing grade when it comes to eating a nutritious breakfast. Yet a balanced morning meal provides the brain and body with the fuel that children need to start their day off on the right track, alert and ready to concentrate at school.
"A healthy breakfast doesn't have to be difficult: a bowl of wholegrain cereal with milk, sliced fruit and a glass of juice provides nutrients to start the day off right." says Anne Lindsay, Chair, BREAKFAST FOR LEARNING, Canadian Living Foundation. "Or make breakfast portable: a bagel topped with cheese slices and fruit can be easily prepared the night before for the perfect backpack or briefcase breakfast in the morning."
Children may also skip lunch if the items packed in their lunchbox don't appeal to them. Parents can make the difference by involving children in their lunchbox preparations - ask them to help prepare and pack lunch, or to give a list of suggestions of what they would like to eat.
By making a few simple choices each day, you can develop healthy habits for yourself and your children that will last a lifetime.