Kids in my area will be heading back to school next week! As exciting as this is for many parents, the kids are just as excited to get back to the class room to learn, develop new skills and see their friends again. School is the place of learning, build confidence and embracing potential. However heading to school also highlights the prevalence and challenges of childhood hunger in Canada.
One in seven children go to school hungry each day. That means that means in my sons kindergarten class there are likely at least 3 kids that are hungry when they arrive at school for 9am. Kellogg’s completed its second Breakfasts for Better Days Survey with Canadian teachers and found that 92% of teachers agree that hungry students participate in class activities less frequently and 90% of teachers say that those students also are unable to concentrate in the classroom. Being able to concentrate on what is being taught and actively participate in class activities are integral to to help a child reach his or he potential.
This week I will be participating in the Kelloggs Breakfasts for Better Days challenge. For 4 days this week I will be skipping breakfast and seeing how not having my usual breakfast impacts my mood, concentration and memory. I will be sharing my progress via blog posts, social media and videos (make sure you are following me on periscope at @lilmisskateco to follow along).
I will be honest, when I was first approached to take part in the challenge I wasn’t sure I was going to say yes. I never skip breakfast, I get GRUMPY when I don’t eat first thing in this morning. So taking on a challenge like this is not on my list of fun things to do. However, it is so important to raise awareness about childhood hunger and the importance of starting kids off with a healthy meal in the morning that I decided to take part.
Keep an eye out over the next week as I share with you my journey, as well as important facts about nutrition and hunger. We need to help stop kids from running on empty and remember that better days lead to brighter tomorrow for our kids.
Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Kelloggs. All opinions are strictly my own.