IT'S important that schoolchildren eat breakfast every morning before leaving home, says national adviser for non-communicable diseases, Dr Isimeli Tukana.
The Ministry of Health is also asking members of the public to visit their nearest health facility to get more information on how to prepare a well-balanced meal — especially breakfast — for children.
"Wellness start is a breakfast start. Breakfast should be eaten in the morning and not at recess or at noon," Dr Tukana said.
He said the ministry was aware that some parents were substituting breakfast by giving their children extra money to buy junk.
"It is a concern for the ministry knowing that most Fijian schoolchildren are missing breakfast and are given money to buy junk.
"Parents are responsible for preparing breakfast and packing lunch and water for their schoolchildren," he said.
Dr Tukana said all parents should learn how to prepare a healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks for their children.
A survey by the ministry showed that children who ate breakfast performed better in the classroom and on the playground.