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"Veggie U" Teaches Children To Eat What They Grow

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It's a new way to get kids to eat their vegetables, by teaching them to grow them!

"Veggie U" is a non profit organization that produces a five-week program for 3rd and 4th graders.

Right now, two elementary schools in Belmont County, Bellaire and St. Clairsville are using it.

It's a hands-on lesson plan that teaches kids where their food comes from, and how to make healthy choices.

It incorporates writing, math, science and fine art, and involves a Tasting Day and a Feast Day.

"Some of the vegetables actually come from the local grocery stores, Health Educator Jaclyn Yahn says. "Veggie U actually provides some money to the the teachers to buy veggies for tasting day. The students get to taste the vegetables, maybe some that they've never had before. And then the rest come from the gardens that they actually grow in their classrooms."

The Belmont County Health Department is providing the funding for the two schools to have the program, through a Child and Family Health Services grant.

There's also a curriculum available that caters to special needs students.

This year they are growing lettuce, mung beans, radishes, spinach, peas, popcorn, celery and squash.

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