Think Breakfast!-- Increasing Breakfast Consumption in New York State

Healthy Food Choices in Schools March 31, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

Think Breakfast logoWe have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We have all heard that obesity is becoming epidemic among our children. We all want to do what is best for our kids.  To facilitate this, the New York State Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Program has developed a program for New York State teachers under the name Think Breakfast!  Teachers who register for the Program will be given a custom-collated package that includes a variety of materials that aid teachers in educating students about the benefits of eating breakfast.

This free, three-week program of classroom activities aims to encourage and motivate students to eat breakfast each day. Teachers and students will have access to many great resources that includes:

  • Program guide outlining three-weeks of activities
  • Interactive CD-ROM featuring a fun dance exercise video and an instructional recipe video, along with the Think Breakfast! jingle
  • Classroom posters
  • Agenda/activity booklet
  • Breakfast wall chart with daily check-off boxes
  • Motivational rewards, such as pedometers and bookmarks
  • Fun interactive games to play online or on any mobile device

The Think Breakfast! website provides many resources available for download to teachers, parents, and students even if they are not enrolled in the program.  There are also tools for parents, including nutrition facts and healthy recipes, a portion size chart and craft ideas.  For kids, the website includes, grab and go breakfast ideas, apps and games, videos, fun activities and an interactive story. 

This program can help to foster teamwork and responsibility, create a healthy school environment and develop lifetime health habits.

Read more about School Breakfast Programs and Successes HERE. 


Contributor

Jennifer Knapp, New York State Education Department

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