School Wide Activity
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Initiative Description: Free breakfast at the beginning of each school day for 4 months. The students in one class were offered a free breakfast at the beginning of each school day for 4 months, while the students in the second class were controls. Both classes were educated on the importance of healthy eating, and a data program enabling them to evaluate dietary intake was introduced.

Study Results: Males in the intervention group reported a significant increase in school contentment (p < 0.05). The teachers did report an improvement in school attention and social behavior in the breakfast group, but the improvement was not statistically significant

Reference: Ask, A. S., Hernes, S., Aarek, I., Johannessen, G., & Haugen, M. (2006). Changes in dietary pattern in 15 year old adolescents following a 4 month dietary intervention with school breakfast–a pilot study. Nutrition Journal, 5(1), 1-6.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good