On Monday, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 . The bill is intended to provide children with healthy nutrition options, and to educate them about making healthy choices today and for the rest of their lives. The bill asks the USDA a set of nutritional standards for all foods sold regularly in school, provides additional funding for schools to meet nutritional standards, sets standards for school wellness , and requires schools to make nutritional information readily available to parents. The law also helps communities establish farm to school networks as well as school gardens.
Klein Buendel , a communications firm specializing in the research and development of programs to change behavior and educate communities about health promotion and disease prevention, understands the importance of school nutrition and has created the school gardening curriculum Grow Eat Thrive to address the growing epidemic of childhood obesity.
When KB created Grow Eat Thrive they wanted to develop a program that was engaging for both teachers and students and that would teach some basic nutrition principles while participating in interactive and hands-on lessons explaining where food comes from and how to eat healthy and be active each day.
Grow Eat Thrive is a simple to use curriculum for grades K-5 that partners nutrition, container gardening and physical activity to teach children about the benefits of fruits, vegetables, and daily exercise. This easy to implement, hands-on course guides students through planting and nurturing their own container garden. By planning, growing, and caring for a garden, students experience the full process of bringing food to their table and learning the importance of making sound choices for long-term health benefits.