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TREASURE COAST -- As students prepare to go back to school, it's important to make sure your child doesn't miss out on the most important meal of the day, breakfast.
Having breakfast is not only critical to a child's overall nutrition; it can also play a key role in enhancing academic performance.
A recent study reinforces the "learning connection" -- the crucial link between quality nutrition, physical activity and academic performance. Key findings from the study suggests:
More than half (62 percent) of all teens say they do not eat breakfast every day of the week.
Students who eat breakfast have better attention and memory than students who don't.
Students who eat school breakfast increase their math and reading scores, and improve their cognitive speed and memory.
Three out of four high school students aren't active for the recommended 60 minutes each day.
Students who were more active during school performed better on standardized tests for reading, math and spelling.
When preparing breakfast at home, incorporating dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt can deliver essential nutrients that help kids maintain a healthy diet. These foods contain key vitamins and minerals including calcium, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin and niacin.
Getting your child off to a great, healthy start in the morning can be achieved with little effort. Breakfast foods like fruit and yogurt smoothies, yogurt topped with granola, low-fat cheese sticks and whole-grain cereal with fruit and low-fat milk are nutritious and can be prepared quickly.
For more information or to discover more healthy breakfast ideas for your child, visit www.floridamilk.com.