Nurses, Take Action!

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.

 

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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.

Strategies:
  • Post information in the nurse’s office and around the school about the benefits of starting the day with a healthy breakfast.
  • Ask students who come to the nurse’s office whether they have eaten breakfast and encourage them to participate in the school’s breakfast program.
  • Present information about hunger-related office visits to the school community at PTO meetings, school open houses, and principal-teacher meetings.
  • Encourage the school administration to serve breakfast after the first bell to ensure that all children have access to the morning meal, even if the bus arrives late.
Tools: School Breakfast Parent Brochures, Breakfast Flyers, Letter to Parents-from Nurse