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Healthy eating for champions

March 10, 2010
Dallas Morning News

Anyone keeping score knows breakfast is for champions, and thanks to schools across the state, more young Texans can be winners. As we celebrate National School Breakfast Week from March 8 through 12, I commend Texas schools that emphasize the importance of eating a healthy breakfast and staying active. Research shows that a healthy breakfast helps students perform better; it also reduces their chances of being obese.

At the Texas Department of Agriculture, we administer school meal funding and promote nutrition and exercise through a statewide campaign called "Texans Bring It!" (www.TexansBringIt.com) The campaign promotes the three E's of healthy living -- education, exercise and eating right -- by asking students to bring added value to their lives by trading junk food for healthy snacks and exercise.

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