Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - Updated: 2:07 AM
Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for families to find time for a healthy breakfast. However, US Department of Agriculture data show that more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias. To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast Trigg County Public schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week during March 6-10.
The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, "School Breakfast Challenge," reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day for students. Students will be encouraged to "Take the Challenge" from March 6-10 with special menus, decorations, cafeteria events, and more. Special visitors will be on hand and some of the favorite breakfast choices will be available, sausage biscuit, cinnamon rolls and smoothies to name a few.
"A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education they can," said Paula Dickerson, Trigg County schools food service director. "National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy and appealing choices we offer."
The district serves more than 700 breakfast meals daily through the federally-funded School Breakfast Program. School nutrition professionals in Trigg County Public Schools prepare breakfast and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards -- limiting fat, calories and sodium -- and encourage students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.
All breakfast consist of whole grains, fresh fruit and milk for a healthy start to the day. Breakfast carts in the middle school gym and high school library and new breakfast offerings have increased participation this school year.
National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program to all children and to promote the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles. The "Take the School Breakfast Challenge" is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association, Kellogg's and Potatoes USA. Parents and students can follow the fun on Facebook.com/TrayTalk.
For more information about school meals, visit www. trigg.kyschools.us or www.schoolnutrition.org/SchoolMeals.