You Are What You Eat: Bringing the Garden Into the Classroom
My students need a high powered blender so we can begin to blend the food we grow into tasty, healthy smoothies.
This project expired on October 2, 2011.
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We have become so desensitized to our food as a society. With growing diabetes rates and childhood obesity, it is crucial that we help children better understand their food choices and help them to make wise food choices. This is the only way we can combat out problems.
We are a public K-4 school.
I teach a classroom of 4th graders. My kids are very curious about how things work, where things come from and why we act the way we do. They love to take things apart and put them back together and to examine them closely.
We already have a grow lab and growing equipment in our classroom. Now we need a high powered blender to help us reap the rewards of our hard work without having to cook the food. This way we can enjoy all of the plants that nature is providing for us.
We will begin by looking into how the typical "easy" food in our life affects our body. We try to plan a meal that is of a suitable number of calories and fat from fast food chains. Then we take a look at what we could turn into quick meals within our garden. All sorts of greens become easy smoothies with a much lower calorie count. Once students taste how delicious these are and see how easy they are, they are changed. This sparks conversations with parents and lifestyle changes.
Through this awareness and Feed USA support, I hope to empower students to make better food choices and to understand that the more processed food becomes, the less nutrients it has. This project brings food straight from the soil to the kitchen.
Together, with more awareness, we can help take control of the type 2 diabetes epidemic that is sweeping the youth of our nation.
We must teach kids to expect more from their food, to take control of their food choices, and to know where their food comes from. We must change our entire approach, starting in the classroom.
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