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For Immediate Release: August 21, 2012
Contact: Mya Nelson, m.nelson@aicr.org, 202-328-7744 x3047

IN THE NEWS: Five Quick Back-To-School Breakfasts from AICR

Healthy Kids Today Mean Lower Cancer Risk Tomorrow, Say Experts

WASHINGTON, DC — You probably know that skipping breakfast – something one in three American teens do every school day, according to a recent national nutrition survey – can interfere with your kid’s academic performance. But lack of energy and lower test scores aren’t the whole story, experts at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) warned today.

Children and adolescents who routinely skip the morning meal have more body fat than those who eat breakfast. And that, according to AICR Registered Dietitian Alice Bender, can set kids up for serious health problems – including cancer – down the road.

"Skipping breakfast is one of several unhealthy habits that put kids on track to becoming overweight or obese adults." says Bender. "And that means higher risk for chronic diseases like cancer.” In fact, AICR’s expert report on cancer prevention and its updates have shown that over time, carrying excess body fat increases risk for cancers of the breast (postmenopausal), colorectum, esophagus, endometrium, kidney, pancreas and gallbladder. And of course, overweight kids who become overweight adults also find themselves at increased risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

To help moms and dads send their teens and children to school with a healthy start, AICR has some ideas and recipes for getting breakfast on the menu more often.

Good for Kids, Good Moms and Dads

A good start, Bender for says, is for parents to get in the breakfast habit themselves – this makes it more likely that their kids will eat breakfast too. Healthy choices are important, but keep it simple: A whole grain ready-to-eat cereal with fruit and milk or plain instant oatmeal with raisins and yogurt take less than 5 minutes to have on the table.

Ask your children and teens for menu ideas and invite them to help shop and even prepare some things on the weekend. Make extra whole grain waffles on Sunday morning and freeze the leftovers for a quick toaster meal later in the week.

Five Healthy No-Cook Breakfast Ideas from AICR

These meals take just a few minutes to prepare and can be eaten at home or on the way to school.

  1. Whole-wheat pita bread stuffed with egg salad, a cluster of grapes or a small box of raisins
  2. Whole-wheat mini-bagel spread with peanut butter and topped with apple slices and 1 cup milk
  3. Breakfast smoothie (frozen peaches, yogurt or silken tofu, 100% juice) and whole grain crackers
  4. Breakfast Fruit Wrap – whole-wheat tortilla with ricotta cheese, a little fruit spread, sliced strawberries and chopped nuts.
  5. Breakfast Trail Mix (see recipe below) and reduced-sodium string cheese

Breakfast Trail Mix

  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup unsalted almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried apple pieces
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup oat circles
  • 1/2 cup bran cereal flakes

Put all the ingredients into big bowl. Stir well with wooden spoon. Divide into six equal amounts in small resealable plastic bags.

Makes 6 servings.

Per serving: 210 calories, 12 g total fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 24 g carbohydrate,
7 g protein, 4 g dietary fiber, 50 mg sodium.

AICR's website, and their brochure The New American Plate for Breakfast are filled with practical tips, recipes and tools that can help you make breakfast quicker, healthier – and a part of your family's life, every day.



The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is the cancer charity that fosters research on the relationship of nutrition, physical activity and weight management to cancer risk, interprets the scientific literature and educates the public about the results. It has contributed more than $95 million for innovative research conducted at universities, hospitals and research centers across the country. AICR has published two landmark reports that interpret the accumulated research in the field, and is committed to a process of continuous review. AICR also provides a wide range of educational programs to help millions of Americans learn to make dietary changes for lower cancer risk. Its award-winning New American Plate program is presented in brochures, seminars and on its website, www.aicr.org. AICR is a member of the World Cancer Research Fund International.

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