Friday, May 8, 2015

Teaching Kids Basics of Gardening Is Important

Devine Rickert, a registered dietitian and health coach for Franciscan WELLCARE, said there are numerous benefits for getting children involved in gardening, and numerous ways they can help.
“They are so excited to finally eat the vegetable when we pick it,” she said. “I never get that same excitement when I buy the same product from the store.”

“A study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that gardening may increase a child’s intake of fruits and vegetables, nutrition knowledge and preference for vegetables,” she said.

“When a child participates in planting a garden, they become more excited and involved, thus increasing the chance of the child eating what they helped grow, or at least trying a few tastes of it.”  Read the entire article.

Another article on this topic:
Involving Kids in Gardening Teaches Them About Food and Nature 

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