Elementary students too rushed for lunch, Seattle study shows

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Elementary students too rushed for lunch, Seattle study shows

Compressed schedules leave children insufficient time to eat, Public Health research shows
Jeff Hodson

A recent report from the Nutritional Sciences Program at the University of Washington School of Public Health confirmed what many Seattle parents know anecdotally: Their school-age children on average sat down for fewer than 13 minutes to eat lunch – far fewer than the 20 minutes called for in local and federal guidelines.

The UW graduate students found that travel time from the classroom to the cafeteria as well as time standing in line for a hot lunch cut into actual “seated time.”

The resulting research report – “Lunch Time at School: How Much is Enough?” – cited previous research linking proper nutrition and healthy eating with academic achievement, conduct, and overall school performance.