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Wellness Impact Report Highlights the Importance of School Nutrition

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March 13, 2013 – New research highlights the vital importance of school nutrition and wellness.

The National Dairy Council, along with the GENYOUth Foundation, American College of Sports Medicine, and American School Health Association, collaborated to publish a research report which details the correlation between academic success and healthy school environments. The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Success through Healthy School Environments addresses the key issues impacting students’ health and wellness: nutrition, physical activity, food insecurity, and more.

An executive summary of the report features tips on how to make the classroom a healthier place to be. The report encourages administrators, policymakers, and parents to make school wellness a priority.

There are three supplemental pieces to the report brief available—one for parents, one for administrators and one for students. Consider this research a valuable resource when communicating the importance of school meals with your key stakeholders: parents, school administrators, political representatives, members of the media, etc.

The report was produced with support funding from the Midwest Dairy Council. For a copy of the complete report, including references and other supporting materials, visit

NSBW 2013 Put the Spotlight on School Breakfast

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March 12, 2013 – On March 4-8, 2013, SNA members across the country recognized National School Breakfast Week. The 2013 theme, “Be a Star with School Breakfast” helped students understand how eating a healthy breakfast at school helps theme shine like their favorite stars. The campaign was created by SNA with the generous support of Kellogg’s Food Away from Home.

Check out a quick sample of some of the NSBW 2013 media coverage:
CBS Atlanta – Gwinnett County Schools
The Charlotte Observer – Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools
La Porte County Life – Michigan City Schools – Forsyth County Schools – Fulton County Schools
Rockdale Citizen – Rockdale County Schools

Remember, NSBW may be over, but there’s still time to send in your student’s “Whose Your School Breakfast Star?” Writing Contest entries. The deadline is March 31, 2013. To download the entry forms, visit Please send entries to:

NSBW Writing Contest
School Nutrition Association
120 Waterfront Street, Suite 300
National Harbor, MD 20745

Send in Your “Be a Star with School breakfast” Photos!
Did you recognize NSBW in your district? SNA would appreciate a brief report of your activities and photos. Your promotion may be featured in the pages of the next NSBW review! Please send your NSBW photos and celebration stories to or:

NSBW Wrap-Up
School Nutrition Association
120 Waterfront Street, Suite 300
National Harbor, MD 20745

Thank you for your continued hard work, creative efforts and overall dedication especially during National School Breakfast Week 2013!

SNA members at Florence City Schools in Alabama embraced the “Be a Star” theme!

“Who Dey,” the mascot of the Cincinnati Bengals, visited Cincinnati Public Schools in Ohio during breakfast to encourage healthy eating habits

“Be a Star” banner at Indian River County Schools in Florida

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