1 CHILD IN 5
is at risk of starting the school day on an empty stomach.
and among IMMIGRANTS and NEWCOMERS, the risk is
than the general population.
In Aboriginal communities,
the ratio is actually
1 IN 2
of all the people who need EMERGENCY FOOD SUPPORT in HAMILTON are CHILDREN!
That is enough children to fill more than:
Poor nutrition in children increase the risk of developing:
Chronic illness such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease
Mental health problems such as poor self-esteem and anxiety
Some health benefits of a healthy breakfast include:
Enhances immune system
Helps maintain a healthy weight
Increases brain function
Eating breakfast is important for everyone, but is especially so for children and adolescents. According to the American Dietetic Association, children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and on the playground. When children get a balanced breakfast before school there are marked improvments in:
Behaviour and concentration
Incidents of bullying
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Getting kids into good eating habits early will lead to a strong overall health and wellness now and for their future.
"The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board is proud and honoured to partner with the Hamilton Bulldogs Foundation to support the Equal Opportunity school’s by eliminating socio-economic barriers to good nutrition. Both organizations recognize the importance of a healthy start to an academic day which lends itself to positively impacting entire school communities."
Asst. Superindendent of Education, HWCDSB
The Bulldogs Foundation has an interactive partnership with the Hamilton School Boards that focuses on the Foundation's Breakfast Program. The Breakfast Program is the primary focus for the Foundation and supports 20 local Hamilton schools by providing a healthy breakfast to 16,000 kids daily. The Foundation provides $200,000 annually to support this initiative.