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Fareway: Back to School Meals and Snacks

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Childhood nutritional needs:

* Calcium: bones are built before age 30

* Iron: increased needs due to rapid growth

* Fiber: 25 to 31 grams

Back to School ideas to meet nutrition needs:

* Breakfast

o Children who eat breakfast have higher attendance rates in school, decreased tardiness, increased concentration, increased problem solving skills and increased muscle coordination

o Can meet ¼ to 1/3 of nutrition needs at breakfast. These nutrients are hard to make up for later in the day.

* Lunch

o If your child does not eat hot lunch, pack a lunch that includes at least 3 food groups. Think whole grains, protein, dairy, fruits and veggies

* After School snack

o Aim for a serving of fruits and/or veggies paired with protein to keep your child satisfied until dinner

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