Indiana students urged to eat breakfast for National School Breakfast Week

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 4, 2014)– It’s National School Breakfast Week and Decatur Middle School students got a fresh serving of a healthy breakfast Tuesday morning.

The American Dairy Association in Indiana is encouraging parents and students to think about their first meal of the day for a successful day in the classroom.

The Dairy Association cites research showing only 38 percent of teens eat a meal before lunch time. That’s about ten million American students going without breakfast each day.

Tuesday’s breakfast at Decatur Middle School included a yogurt and fruit parfait, homemade muffins and milk. But for breakfast to be helpful, it doesn’t have to be complicated, said Jenni Purcell with the American Dairy Association in Indiana.

“It can be something as simple as a granola bar, it can be yogurt, a cheese stick, something that they just put in their tummies, some nutrition so that they can get through the day and do their best at school and succeed,” Purcell said.

She said attention spans are longer and information resonates better with students who eat breakfast, which is particularly important this month as schools around Indiana begin ISTEP testing.

National School Breakfast week partners with the NFL’s Fuel up to Play 60 program which encourages students to be active for 60 minutes a day. Former Indianapolis Colts player Gary Brackett and Blue the Colts mascot as well as Colts Cheerleaders took part in serving breakfast to students Tuesday morning.