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Skipping Breakfast Leads to Poor School Performance

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: As a parent, what can you do to ensure a healthy start to the day for your child?
Air Date: 10/23/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Lisa M. Asta, MD
lisa astaLisa M. Asta, M.D., is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for "Kids Health" on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications).

She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University.
Skipping Breakfast Leads to Poor School Performance
In a Gallup poll of more than 400 boys and girls aged nine to 15, half claimed to skip breakfast on school mornings.

The reason?

Many youngsters just aren't hungry at that hour; but the major obstacle to a sound morning meal seems to be a lack of time.

Unfortunately, this may be doing irreversible damage. Think about it... by the time they finally sit down to lunch in the school cafeteria, they may have gone 12-14 hours or more without eating.

In doing so, they're depriving their brains of essential nutrients needed for concentration, short-term memory, problem solving and processing information.

Missing any of the three traditional square meals also reduces their chance of meeting the daily required intake (DRI) for calcium by a whopping one-third.

As a parent, what can you do to ensure a healthy start to the day for your child?

Special guest, Dr.Lisa M. Asta, MD, shares tips on easy, fast, healthy ways to get your kids ready to learn and face the day... armed with all the nutrients they need for a successful, high energy day.
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