Children and Families

Recess before lunch: a recipe for success?

Posted May 19, 2011, at 3:42 p.m.
Candy Johnson, principal of the K-8 Hellgate Elementary School, in the Missoula County (Mont.) Public Schools. Johnson’s discipline referrals were cut by at least 80 percent after implementing recess before lunch.
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Candy Johnson, principal of the K-8 Hellgate Elementary School, in the Missoula County (Mont.) Public Schools. Johnson’s discipline referrals were cut by at least 80 percent after implementing recess before lunch.

Recess before lunch, or lunch before recess? An article in the current issue of the educational journal District Administration finds that children eat better and act better if lunch is served after lunch, a departure from the current norm.

“Every weekday, millions of American schoolchildren throw away their half-eaten cafeteria lunches so that they can run outside to play. “We tell kids not to eat and swim right away. And yet here we are, telling them that the quicker they eat, the quicker they get to recess,” says Greg Welk, director of clinical research at Iowa State University’s Nutrition and Wellness Research Center.”

Read the full story here.

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