266501 Improving average daily participation through alternative school breakfast models

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Kelly A. Beckwith, MPH, CHES , American Association of School Administrators, Alexandria, VA
Sharon Adams-Taylor, MA, MPH , American Association of School Administrators, Alexandria, VA
Sapna Batheja, MS, RD , American Association of School Administrators, Alexandria, VA
With 19.5 million low-income children receiving free/reduced-priced school lunches, less than 9 million participate in school breakfast. Due to better academic achievement and improved health and attendance rates, school leaders recognize the need to increase school breakfast participation. By implementing alternative serving models, schools can increase school breakfast participation. Funded by the Walmart Foundation, the American Association of School Administrators works with four urban school districts to implement alternative breakfast models. This session will highlight the key changes made by each district and the increases made in average daily participation. Cincinnati Public Schools purchased vending machines for secondary students to receive a reimbursable school breakfast in areas outside the cafeteria; Syracuse City School District changed its busing schedule so that students would have time to eat breakfast in the classroom; Riverside Unified School District worked with principals to ensure successful school breakfast strategies to roll out alternative breakfast; and the Brentwood Union Free School District worked with its vendors to increase the healthfulness of breakfast items that could be distributed quickly through a Grab'n'Go serving method. Initial increases in ADP across the districts show up to 40% increases. More data will be available by the time of the presentation. While each school district used different tactics, they each had similar results: increased participation of school breakfast and stronger inter-departmental relationships at the central office level. Participants will hear about the lessons learned from these successful districts and take away best practices on implementing alternative school breakfast.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the nutrition landscape in four urban school districts and the changes school leaders made to implement alternative breakfast serving models.

Keywords: School-Based Programs, Nutrition

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the director of this project. I have worked in the field of school health since 2006 for the American Association of School Administrators. Projects I've directed include school-based asthma management, childhood obesity prevention, and alternative school breakfast implementation. I have presented at numerous national professional meetings on these issues
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.