I remember my mom always reminding me of this on those hurried mornings during my high school years when all I wanted to do in the morning was either sleep in or doll myself up before heading off to pick up my friends before heading to school that “Breakfast was the most important meal of the day”. At the time, breakfast wasn’t at all important to me. I do remember the days I went without breakfast and had a test, I wouldn’t do as great as I wanted as my concentration was slightly tainted and I just felt very sluggish. I was very fortunate that at least I always had a warm breakfast ready for me every morning for the taking, unfortunately for many Canadian students, it’s not that easy, regardless of how hungry they are. That’s sad to think about.
For the one in five Canadian students who go to school without breakfast because there is no food for them to eat, classroom success and the prospect of graduating can seem a long way off.
In fact, the recent Kellogg’s Breakfast for Better Days #FeedingBetterDays Survey (“The Kellogg’s Survey”), which polled current high school students, found that 32 per cent have been distracted by hunger during an important test or exam. And an astonishing 79 per cent say they are tired or have less energy, are less focused or feel nauseous when they don’t eat breakfast in the morning.
The impact of missing breakfast on student success is tangible, and with poor academic performance cited as a leading reason teens drop out, the need for a solution is immediate. Across Canada, one in five students admits to having considered dropping out.
Not eating breakfast also deeply affects high school students outside of the classroom – both physically and emotionally. Many report feeling stressed or anxious when they don’t eat breakfast, and nearly one in five say they are stressed or quick to anger when they don’t eat breakfast before school. When you consider that 60 per cent of all learning happens before lunch, these figures take on even greater relevance.
BREAKFAST LEADS TO BETTER DAYS
Kellogg Canada, through its Breakfasts for Better Days initiative, is helping to make a difference, with a donation of $100,000 to Breakfast Club of Canada to fund new high school breakfast clubs, support existing high school clubs and help teens from coast-to-coast achieve their full potential.
Breakfast clubs have proven to be a valuable resource to students. The Kellogg’s Survey confirmed that more than one-third of high school students with a breakfast club in their school use it at least once every couple of weeks. Sadly, almost three-quarters of high school students surveyed said they either don’t have a breakfast club in their school or they don’t know if there is one in their school. Yet, one out of five of these students say they would make use of a breakfast club, if it was available.
Join the conversation to help students achieve their potential by sharing the #FeedingBetterDays infographic, and learn more about the power of breakfast and Kellogg’s Breakfasts for Better Days initiative by visiting http://www.kelloggs.ca.