Indiana elementary school looking to promote healthy diet in children

Feb 07, 2011

Indiana elementary to grow veggies

A garden project at one South Bend, Indiana, elementary school is getting students excited about growing and eating healthy vegetables, according to a report from local television news station WSBT.

A nonprofit group recently donated $1,000 to McKinley Primary Center in order to help with the garden project, in which students will grow their own veggies at the school, the TV station said. A garden party allowed kids to try vegetables and select which ones they wanted grow.

Fourth-grade teacher John Hensler told WSBT it's important to promote healthy habits early in life.

"We think it's important that kids start eating healthier. Too many times they don't eat a healthy snack. We're showing them that this can be a healthy way," he said.

WSBT also said the project would be open to the entire South Bend community, if residents wanted to pitch in and help work on the garden.

A healthy diet early in life is a good predictor of future eating habits, experts say, and people with better lifestyles tend to be eligible for lower rates on life insurance policies.

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