Schools around the country are celebrating healthy breakfast this month. National School Breakfast Week, which took place March 6-10, celebrated with this year’s theme “Take the School Breakfast Challenge”. The annual event encourages students, teachers and parents to start the day out right with foods that will provide adequate fuel to power them through the morning. Many school cafeterias use this week to highlight their programs and promote new foods.
The Malone Central School district chose to introduce a handful of new breakfast items last week such as breakfast pizza, pumpkin muffins and mini maple waffles which were such a big hit that they are now being included in the monthly meal rotation. Malone also achieves great program participation success through its use of grab and go options and breakfast carts for students who may not have adequate time to sit down and eat in the cafeteria.
If you were having breakfast at Brushton-Moira last week, you may have noticed elementary principal Dean Yando helping out with serving in the cafeteria. Having other members of the school community assist with school meals is a great way to send the message to students that many of the other adults in their life also support healthy eating.
The North Country Healthy Heart Network hopes to continue to support these programs as we begin helping schools to implement the final rules for wellness policies, which require schools to set specific goals for nutrition promotion.