Here in Virginia, many kids are not getting the nutritious foods they need each day.
In the Commonwealth, less than half of kids and teens say they eat at least one piece of fruit a day. About 55-percent of kids say they have at least one serving of vegetables, but only 4-percent of kids say they eat the recommended diet of nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
Kids at the Waynesboro Boys and Girls Club are learning what helps them stay healthy, with every bite they take.
It is all a part of nutrition programs to get kids thinking about what is healthy and what is not. The hope is that knowledge should fight childhood obesity in the Valley.
“I think if the whole world, it'd be better for us. Then we'd remember and be healthy,” said Dante Martin a participant in the program.
The club's director, Tyrell McElroy, hoped the nutrition education is sustainable, just like the food growing in a garden to feed the kids.
“We've got it started,” said McElroy. “Now, we just need to continue growing, ensure sustainability, keep that vision open and make sure we can get to that point where we truly are changing something here in this community.”
McElroy hoped kids could now make healthy decisions and the kids already showed how much they had learned.
“Chicken nuggets and stuff like that. It's from, not fresh meat and stuff like that. It's processed, from a machine,” said Theia Toye another participant.
Some of the food for the nutritional classes and healthy lunches comes from non-profit Project Grows. That is a one acre garden in Augusta County.
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