School Wide Activity

Initiative Description: School breakfast program. In all schools, a variety of informational and promotional methods were used to make parents and children aware of the UF breakfast program and to encourage student participation.

Study Results: Students who increased their participation in the school breakfast program had significantly greater increases in their math grades and significantly greater decreases in the rates of school absence and tardiness than children whose participation remained the same or decreased

Reference: Murphy, J. M., Pagano, M. E., Nachmani, J., Sperling, P., Kane, S., & Kleinman, R. E .(1998). The relationship of school breakfast to psychosocial and academic functioning: cross-sectional and longitudinal observations in an inner-city school sample. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 152(9), 899-907.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good