Published: Sep 15, 2010 7:09 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 15, 2010 4:09 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Throughout the week of Sept. 13-17, the Florida Department of Education’s Food and Nutrition Management Section, in conjunction with the Florida School Nutrition Association and other health and nutritional organizations across the state, will celebrate the fourth annual Florida School Breakfast Week.

This year’s theme: “Discover School Breakfast…Be A Super Sleuth” is designed to promote the availability of school breakfast for all students, and encourages students to explore the positive effects healthy and balanced nutrition play in their overall academic success.   

“Studies show that children who start their day with a healthy and nutritious breakfast are more likely to be attentive in class, experience improved memory recall and attend classes more regularly,” said Education Commissioner, Dr. Eric J. Smith.  “The School Breakfast Week campaign benefits students and their families by creating public awareness of the many positive impacts good nutrition has on a child’s ability to learn.” 

During Florida School Breakfast Week, students explore the possibilities of what they can achieve with healthy eating habits. Research shows students who start their day with a complete and balanced breakfast are also more likely to have higher math and reading scores, and have fewer behavior problems in school. 

In Florida, more than 536,000 school breakfast meals are served daily to students, whereas the national school lunch program serves an average of 1.34 million lunch meals each day.