She'll be even happier if she has time to eat all of this good food.

She’ll be even happier if she has time to eat all of this good food.

In a letter dated January 25, 2013, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson urged school leaders to ensure students have enough time to eat. In an addendum to the letter, the Superintendent offered suggestions for achieving this goal, including the following:

“Schedule recess before lunch at elementary schools so children can come to lunch less distracted and more ready to eat. Studies show that students eat more when recess is scheduled before lunch. In addition, it actually adds more instructional time to the day because children do not need as much time to settle down when they return to class. You can download Montana’s Team Nutrition Program Recess Before Lunch Guide from the Montana Office of Public Instruction Web site at http://opi.mt.gov/pdf/schoolfood/RBL/RBLGuide2008.pdf.”

Read the letter and addendum here and here.

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