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Letter: School Breakfast Program would help all students

(Ashlee Rezin Garcia | Chicago Sun-Times via AP) A Chicago Public Schools student pours milk on his cereal at a contingency site, Gads Hill Center on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.

Over the last 30 years, child obesity has doubled and tripled for adolescents. The prevalence of this epidemic is growing at an alarming rate in the United States with multi-generational consequences.

Studies conclusively prove eating breakfast has positive effects on cognitive performance, academic achievements, quality of life, well-being and morbidity risk factors.

In 2010, the Hunger-Free Kids Act was implemented in the United States. The act created stricter guidelines for well-balanced meals that public schools provide. Using the School Breakfast Program is one way to address this growing epidemic; however, instead of only providing free breakfast for low-income families, schools would provide breakfast free for all students. Children who eat a well-balanced breakfast are more likely to: eat healthier throughout the day, concentrate better, do better in school, and are happier.

We are responsible for advocating for our vulnerable youth’s well-being. Implementing this change to the School Breakfast Program would require society to be open-minded when locating sources for funding the program. Now is the time to make changes for America’s youth.

Mackenzie Pranger, Eagle Mountain

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