Growing Vegetables at Schools help Children Practice Healthy Eating

Third-grade students at Roswell's Pecos Elementary School pick green beans in the garden they are taking care of on school grounds. Chaves County extension agents are helping the students grow a variety of vegetables and flowers, and also are teaching them about eating healthy foods as part of the ongoing project. (photo by Audry Olmsted)

Elementary School students pick green beans in the garden they are taking care of on school grounds

One simple way to make children eat healthier is to help them grow vegetables in the gardens, suggests a new research. The researchers found that when garden grown vegetables were slipped into school salads, kids were over four times as likely to take a salad.

The study suggests that gardens can help children’s diets. When the salad bar contained produce grown by students, the percentage of those who selected salads with their meals increased from 2% to 10% and on average, students ate two-thirds of their salads.

Overall, salad consumption for the entire student body increased from approximately five to 12 servings per day. This study implies the larger potential benefits of the school garden programs.

Increasing vegetable consumption is simply getting kids to put them on their plate, noted researchers from Ohio State University.

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