May 9, 2018

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: They say it's the most important meal of the day, but is that really true? Dr. Cindy Gellner, how important is it for kids to have breakfast?

Dr. Gellner: It's absolutely true that breakfast is an important meal of the day. It gets kids ready for the day by giving them more energy. Hungry kids don't always get good grades. They're too hungry to pay attention like they should. And without breakfast, kids can be more irritable, restless, and just plain tired. It's important that they eat whole grains and protein, too, and not so much sugary cereals and juice.

Breakfast-eating children are also more alert than their non-breakfast-eating peers, and eating breakfast is actually a good way to maintain a healthy weight. And for those parents who say that their child doesn't have time to eat breakfast at home in the morning, consider signing up for the school breakfast program. It could really help your child's day off to a great start.

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