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Sodexo Shares Top Breakfast Benefits for Students
Date:3/3/2009

First meal of the day has surprising impact on young people

GAITHERSBURG, Md., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- To help raise awareness for the importance of breakfast for students, Sodexo, a leading provider of food and nutrition services to more than 470 school districts across the country, has created a list of the "Top Ways Breakfast Helps Students" in time for National School Breakfast Week, March 2-6.

"Studies repeatedly show that a healthy and nutritious breakfast is a key driving force for improved scholastic achievement from students in grades K-12," said Roxanne Moore, registered dietitian and national director of wellness brand for Sodexo. Moore said a Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital study discovered that students who usually ate school breakfast had improved math grades, reduced hyperactivity, decreased absence and tardy rates, and improved psycho-social behaviors compared with children who rarely ate school breakfast.

Sodexo's Top Ways Breakfast Helps Students:

(1) Helps Kids Watch Their Weight

Research shows that eating breakfast every day is an effective means for controlling weight. By encouraging kids to make breakfast a habit now can help them lead healthier lives as adults.

(2) Promotes an Active and Alert Lifestyle

Breakfast presents an ideal opportunity for a child to consume essential nutrients for health, one of which is iron. Iron is an essential component of proteins involved in transporting oxygen throughout the body, thus helping students concentrate in the classroom.

(3) Fosters Friendships

Without a doubt, a student's ability to socialize with peers in a school setting plays a significant role in scholastic achievement. Kids who are well-fueled in the morning have more energy to socialize and engag
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