A Low-Cost, Grab-and-Go Breakfast Intervention for Rural High School Students: Changes inSchool Breakfast ProgramParticipation Among At-Risk Students in Minnesota

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ObjectiveEvaluate the impact of a grab-and-go component embedded within a larger intervention designed to promote School Breakfast Program (SBP) participation.DesignSecondary data analysis.SettingRural Minnesota high schools.ParticipantsEight schools were enrolled in the grab-and-go only intervention component. An at-risk sample of students (n = 364) who reported eating breakfast ≤3 d/wk at baseline was enrolled at these schools.InterventionsGrab-and-go style breakfast carts and policies were introduced to allow all students to eat outside the cafeteria.Main Outcome MeasuresAdministrative records were used to determine percent SBP participation (proportion of non-absent days on which fully reimbursable meals were received) for each student and school-level averages.AnalysisLinear mixed models.ResultsSchool-level increases in SBP participation from baseline to the school year of intervention implementation were observed for schools enrolled in the grab-and-go only component (13.0% to 22.6%). Student-level increases in SBP participation were observed among the at-risk sample (7.6% to 21.9%) and among subgroups defined by free- or reduced-price meal eligibility and ethnic or racial background. Participation in SBP increased among students eligible for free or reduced-price meals from 13.9% to 30.7% and among ineligible students from 4.3% to 17.2%.Conclusions and ImplicationsIncreasing access to the SBP and social support for eating breakfast are effective promotion strategies.

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