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Giving children hands-on involvement in growing fruits and vegetables encourages them to eat more of these foods and builds enthusiasm for trying new types
Given America's childhood obesity and diabetes crisis, we need
Because schools play an influential role in shaping what students eat, they can help children establish healthy eating habits at a young age.
School gardens are inexpensive, educational, and fun. Creating a bulletin board of healthy snack ideas or including low-fat, cholesterol-free recipes in the school newsletter are great ways to reach children and their families.
Studies have shown that vegetarian diets clearly help lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer. Every school should provide a variety of meatless entrees, non-dairy beverages such as soy milk, and easy access to fruits and vegetables daily in the cafeteria.
By offering children low-fat, vegetarian foods at a young age, we can set them on a course for
The writer is staff dietitian with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.