As a part of our Erasmus+ project Young European and well-being, we had breakfast breaks in our school on Monday 23 February and on Friday 27 February. On Monday, the school served oatmeal with some berries and on Friday we has a fruit smoothie.
Some of our students interviewed other students and teachers and other staff members about these breakfast breaks and about their own breakfast habits. These interviews were made into an article in the local newspaper Sisä-Savo.
According to the interviews, our upper secondary school students eat in quite a healthy way. Many people say that they eat oatmeal or bread and drink coffee. They said that a healthy breakfast consists of fruit, berries and grain products.
Most of the students interviewed thought that eating breakfast at school would be a good practice, which could be a good solution in the future. Especially, because many of them don’t have time to eat breakfast at home. A few students remarked that this breakfast break took too much time from the first lesson of the day, as we had our breakfast breaks at the very beginning of our school day.
The students also interviewed one our school kitchen workers, Pirkko Nenonen. She said that usually she eats porridge, fruit or vegetables and drinks coffee. She thinks that a healthy breakfast should include grain products, fruit or berries, good oils and milk. Breakfast breaks could be done in the future as well, but the arrangements would have to be different than this time. This could be something that is done once a month, for example.
One of our teachers, Matti-Pekka Pöyhönen, was also interviewed for the article. He said that he eats breakfast every day, most of the time it consists of wholegrain bread, cereals, smoothies and eggs. He thinks that breakfast breaks might work if the food was served before the lessons begin or only once a week.
Below, you can see some pictures of the breakfast breaks and also a picture of the newspaper article.