Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's
When students skip breakfast, they often end up in the nurse's office complaining of hunger-related symptoms such as headaches and stomachaches. To stave off child hunger, school nurses frequently provide snacks to these students. Over time, this practice can be expensive to maintain. Instead of offering snacks, nurses can encourage students to participate in the school’s breakfast program.
Action Step: Educate the school community about the importance of eating breakfast.
Nurses should track the frequency of hunger-related office visits and share this information with the principal, teachers, school nutrition director, and parents.
|Tools: School Breakfast Parent Brochures, Breakfast Flyers, Letter to Parents-from Nurse|