WEBSTER COUNTY, Mo -- As students head back to school health officials want to remind parents that the foods their children eat are a critical part of their growth, performance and development.
Webster County health officials say nutritious school meal choices are encouraged.
The foods the children eat for breakfast, lunch and snacks are a very important part of the educational day.
"Alot of studies have shown that eating a healthy breakfast and healthy lunch helps students improve not only their performance ion school but also their attitude throughout the day. It reduces tardiness and absenteeism but also improves scores. So its really important they get a good start with a healthy breakfast and also make the healthy lunch choices," says Jaci McReynolds of the Webster County Health Department.
Schools work with the USDA to try and provide nutritious lunches for children and of course some kids bring their own lunches.