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Walsall College is giving its students a chance to boost their brain power by starting every day with a free breakfast in the college refectory.

Launched this week, the scheme offers all Walsall College students a choice of either two slices of toast or porridge, with fruit juice, completely free of charge.

According to many experts, as well as being part of a balanced diet, eating a healthy breakfast has a strong link to improved academic performance; it provides the energy and nutrients that lead to increased concentration in the classroom. Studies show that students who eat a healthy breakfast have higher energy levels, better memory and problem solving ability than similar students who do not eat breakfast.

Dance students, Ceri-Mair Evans and Richard Vale were the first to take advantage of the scheme. Both chose the porridge and Ceri-Mair said: “It takes me half an hour to get to college and I don’t always eat breakfast at home because it’s too early. I’m on a dance course so having the porridge for breakfast will give me the energy I need for my classes.” Richard, added: “It’s a good way to start eating healthily.”

The offer is available Monday to Friday between 8am and 8.30am, encouraging learners not to skip the most important meal of the day.

Roxana Cipariu is a Health and Social Care student and had the toast. She said, “I came in early to give the free breakfast a try. I think it’s a great idea.”

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