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New Survey Shows School Kids 'Wagging' Breakfast Are Missing Healthy Brain Fuel
Date:4/6/2009

s said there was no time because of the pressures of being late for school or work or because of sleeping in.

"Parents should encourage their children to eat breakfast. Storing a few simple ingredients in the cupboard or fridge or organising breakfast the night before can help in the morning rush. Healthy shakes and cereal bars are great for eating on the way to school. Toast, yoghurt and fruit are also quick, easy options," Dr Bennett said.

Viewed nationally, the MBF Healthwatch survey from the private health insurance provider showed that children missed breakfast at an average rate of 1.2 days a week - Tasmanian children were least likely to miss breakfast at 0.6 while Queensland and Western Australia had the worst record for breakfast 'wagging' at 1.4 and 1.5 days respectively.

"With many competing demands, we know that Australian families live in a 'time poor' society but the importance of making time for children to enjoy a healthy breakfast before going to school cannot be overstated," Dr Bennett said. "It can be the start of a lifetime of healthy eating habits," she said.

The MBF Healthwatch survey was conducted by research consultancy TNS Healthcare. For more information on the MBF Healthwatch Survey, please visit: www.mbf.com.au/wellness

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MBF has been looking after Australians for more than 60 years. As a leading private health insurance provider, our primary aim is to help all Australians live longer,
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