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(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) To help kick off and celebrate National School Breakfast Week (March 3-7) and National Nutrition Month, cheerleaders lead students in some dance excercise at Granite Park Middle School in Salt Lake City Tuesday March 4 for National School Breakfast Week. All students participated in the healthy school breakfast organized by "Fuel Up for 60."
Program pushes participation in school breakfasts by Utah
First Published Mar 04 2014 11:33 am • Last Updated Mar 04 2014 10:42 pm

A new push to boost Utah’s participation in school breakfast kicked off Tuesday with, naturally, a school breakfast.

Former NFL players Luther Elliss, who starred at the University of Utah, and Mark Koncar, who as born in Murray, joined other leaders as Granite Park Junior High played host to a breakfast and an assembly.

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Utah ranks lowest in the nation in student participation in school breakfast. At Granite Park, a quarter of students eligible for breakfast participate, according to a news release.

The program "It Starts With School Breakfast" aims to change that, with help from Fuel Up to Play 60, backed by the National Football League and National Dairy Council in concert with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, states the release. Other supporters include Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and Dean Foods.

"The campaign," the release adds, "is designed to empower students and families to lead change in their own schools and communities, increase school breakfast awareness and participation, and provide resources to help all kids start each day with the fuel they need to help them succeed."

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