NSCC breaks the fast

Christopher Gooding
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Program gives students head start to day

Continuing Care Assistant students Tracy Landry (left) and Kenesha Cotton were up bright and early to get breakfast ready for more than 30 students who took advantage of the Break The Fast program at the Nova Scotia Community College’s Cumberland Campus

SPRINGHILL – Making the most of your academic career begins with breakfast and, for another year, students at the Nova Scotia Community College’s Cumberland Campus will get a boost to their day.

The college’s Continuing Care Assistant program successfully won its bid for a grant through the Community Health Board and Wednesday relaunched Break The Fast, a morning breakfast program for NSCC students in Springhill and the Amherst satellite campus.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, beginning at 7:30 a.m., CCA students will host a free breakfast for students to get their day started right.

“A lot of students are in a rush first thing in the morning and skip breakfast so this will be a help to them,” CCA student and volunteer Kenesha Cotton said.

Top Ten Reasons to Eat Breakfast

1. A better attention span, focus and better productivity at work, school or at home. Studies on those who work at labour type jobs have shown that those who do not eat breakfast are unable to work as hard until lunchtime and studies on children reveal that they are unable to complete schoolwork.

2. Maintaining a healthy weight. People who skip breakfast are shown to choose less nutritious and convenience foods to curb their ravenous appetite.

3. Setting an example for your children and helping them develop healthy eating habits at an early age that they can carry on throughout their lifetime.

4. Essential nutrients. Many of us do not consume the essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals needed daily. i.e., calcium, iron, fiber and Vitamin B1. Skipping breakfast guarantees we will not get these essential nutrients.

5. Eating breakfast can reverse the effects of fasting: irritability and fatigue.

6. Lower cholesterol, which reduces the risk of heart disease.

7. Eating a healthy breakfast has been linked to better learning ability and memory functions.

8. Increase your metabolic rate. People who skip breakfast have a metabolic rate four to five per cent below normal, which may lead to an expected weight gain of eight pounds per year.

9. Eating breakfast can have long-term effects and prevent obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.

10. Breakfast foods are delicious. Avoid the processed, fatty foods.

Organizations: Community Health Board

Geographic location: SPRINGHILL, Nova Scotia Community

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