Hudson Public Schools Win School Breakfast Challenge

Hudson Public Schools was recognized as a winner of the Massachusetts School Breakfast Challenge. Whitsons School Nutrition and the school district partnered to achieve the goal of at least 35% increase in school breakfast participation.

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Andrew Lauer from Whitsons and Diane Sylvia from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Research shows that regularly eating a healthy breakfast helps children concentrate and feel better, and as a result, achieve more in school.

Islandia, NY (PRWEB) November 04, 2013

Hudson Public Schools in Massachusetts was among 29 districts in the state to win the School Breakfast Challenge. This challenge was created by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to promote school breakfast. In order to win, schools must achieve at least a 35% increase in school breakfast participation.

According to Jenny M. Gormley, Director of Health, Nursing & Safety at Hudson Public Schools, breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day as it provides the necessary energy to get ready for a day of learning and achievement, “Research shows that regularly eating a healthy breakfast helps children concentrate and feel better, and as a result, achieve more in school. Having a balanced meal to start the day provides an opportunity to get calcium, fiber and other nutrients that contribute to strong bones and muscles and better mood. It's critical that adults eat breakfast too, so that they can function better and model this healthy behavior for children whose school achievement depends, in large part, on something as simple as a balanced meal to start the day.”

Whitsons School Nutrition, food service providers at Hudson Public Schools, worked closely with the Hudson Public Schools administrators to develop a plan to increase the breakfast participation. They revamped the breakfast options in the schools to include a wider variety of items such as hot breakfast sandwiches and oatmeal in the secondaries, and cold items in the elementaries. Part of the strategy was also to educate the student body and staff about the value of eating a full breakfast, which also includes milk and fruit juice, instead of just a la carte items.

The winners were recognized during the School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts’ fall ceremony on October 30th.

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Whitsons Culinary Group provides a wide range of highly customized dining services to public schools, corporations and institutions, with a strong focus on nutritious, high quality menus made from fresh, wholesome ingredients. Whitsons has a long and proud history of excellence and growth since 1979 and currently ranks the 18th largest dining company in the United States (Food Management magazine, September 2013). Whitsons’ scope of expertise and services extends to: emergency dining, residential and healthcare dining, prepared meals, and school dining and services.