WHY IT MATTERS
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Research shows that kids who eat breakfast tend to eat healthier overall and are more likely to participate in physical activities. Having a healthy breakfast addresses the need for proper nutrition for our Club members. Sadly, too many of the youth we serve do not start their day with a healthy breakfast. Some don’t even have a breakfast at all. Poverty impacts the ability for many families to provide a healthy breakfast for their children. According to the 2013 Kaiser Permanente Community Health Needs Assessment, 42.2% of individuals in West Los Angeles communities were unable to afford enough food in 2009.
A healthy breakfast positively impacts not only the development and growth of a child, but also their ability to succeed in school. Breakfast helps improve mental performance and concentration during morning activities. Studies show that breakfast eaters perform much better in their schoolwork. A healthy breakfast has shown positive effects on a student’s alertness, attention, performance on standardized achievement tests, and other skills important for academic success. In fact, teachers report that children who come to school hungry experience more learning difficulties compared to well-nourished children. Recent studies have shown that when youth eat breakfast, they will:
Increase their academic performance,
Decrease absenteeism and tardiness,
Increase their attention span and focus.
The benefits of a healthy breakfast are clear.