RecessBefore Lunch and Missouri’s Eat Smart Guidelines
One of the many positive changes that came out of the 2010 FoodService Program Evaluation has nothing to do with what’s being served inClayton’s school cafeterias. In May 2010, Clayton's elementary schools piloted a“Recess Before Lunch” program, moving recess before lunch instead of afterlunch. That change has remained intact since 2010. Scheduling recess before lunchat Clayton’s elementary schools was one of the final steps the District neededto take to meet the “Exemplary Level” of Missouri’s Eat Smart Guidelines.
In addition to helping the District hit its goal with respect to theEat Smart Guidelines, there is solid research that supports that “Recess BeforeLunch” is beneficial for students as they are not rushing through theirbalanced meal in order to get to the playground. Studies show that students: