Growing healthy bodies and minds

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Some elementary school students In Virginia Beach got a lesson in clean living by getting their hands dirty.

Rosemont Elementary School planted an American Heart Association Teaching Gardensponsored by Farm Fresh, as part of an education initiative to help build healthy bodies and minds. The Plant Day Celebration included planting fall crops, looking at root systems under a microscope and A veggie guessing game to kick off the garden.

The Teaching Garden was created using American Heart Association science and nutrition guidelines, coupled with information from gardening and education experts, all thanks to Teaching Garden founder Kelly Meyer. The program combines nutrition education with garden-based learning. It is a real-life laboratory where students learn how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce and ultimately understand the value of good eating habits.TeachingGarden

Numerous studies have shown that participation in school garden programs can have a positive impact on students’ attitudes toward fruits and vegetables. Rosemont Elementary staff and students are excited to cultivate healthy kids, who have proven to perform higher.

“Providing fresh, nutritious food options for families is at the heart of what we do at Farm Fresh,” says Mark Merrill, VP of Merchandising for Farm Fresh. “Helping kids learn about healthy eating habits, something that has been shown to improve learning, is a natural fit for us. We’re very proud to sponsor this program and partner with The American Heart Association to help improve children’s health in the communities we serve.”

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