Lesson 3.2: Off to a good start
Background: Across cultures, breakfast habits vary widely. For this lesson, breakfast is defined as foods and/or beverages from at least one food group, consumed within 2-3 hours of waking after the longest period of sleep.
A breakfast that includes 3 or more food groups is more likely to meet nutrient needs. Eating breakfast may improve a child's performance in school, especially on tasks that require memory and attention. Skipping breakfast has also been associated with being overweight.
Teaching Tips: This lesson reinforces messages from other lessons, especially MyPlate, Healthy Routines, and Dreaming is Free.
Target Audience: Latino families with young children, ages 3 to 8 years
Key Message: Eating breakfast can lead to better health and performance in school.
Objectives: By the end of the lesson, participants will be able to:
1) Identify the benefits of eating breakfast;
2) List several quick, healthy, breakfast ideas; and
3) Plan a routine that allows time for breakfast.
Materials: MyPlate poster, poster paper, markers, white board, foam ball (optional), food and other supplies for food demonstration
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