Baltimore City Schools promotes healthy lifestyle through Great Kids Farm program

WITH LOW INCOME CHILDREN AT AN INCREASED RISK SCHOOLS DOCTORPARENTS HAVE RECOGNIZED THE PROBLEM AND ARE TRYING TO TAKE STEPS TO SOLVE IT PART OF OBESITY IS EDUCATION

CASSIDY CARLYLE EXPLORED HOW SCHOOLS IN BALTIMORE CITY ARE TAKING ON HANDS ON APPROACH Reporter: THIS ISN'T YOUR USUAL CLASSROOM IN THIS GREEN HOUSE STUDENTS LEARN INVALUABLE LESSON THAT IS WILL STICK WITH THEM THROUGHOUT THEIR LIFE HARVESTING MICRO BEANCLEANING THEM SO THEY CAN GET PROCESSED AND GO TO THE SCHOOL SMELLS KIND OF ONIONY SPICY, SOME WORDS YOU DON'T ASSOCIATE Reporter: SENIORS ARE HARVESTING MICRO GREENS A HEALTHIER VERSION OF LETTUCE AND SENDING IT OFF TO CITY SCHOOLS FOR OTHER STUDENTS TO EAT IN THE KITCHEN IT IS ALL HANDS ON DECK TO GET LUNCH READY FOR THE GROUP

OUTSIDE OFFICIALS ARE MAKING THE SAME CALL WE ARE KIND OF IN CRISIS MODE Reporter: CHILDHOOD OBESITY TRIPLED OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS IN THE US WE SEE THERE IS A CONNECTION AND CORRELATION WITH POVERTY AND OVER WEIGHT OR OBESE CHILDREN

FOR US, IT IS THE INTRODUCTION OF THESE THING THAT IS THEY MIGHT NOT HAVE ACCESS TO, BECAUSE WE HAVE FOOD DESERTS IN OUR CITY Reporter: ONE PROGRAM THAT ADDRESSES THIS PROBLEM IS GREAT KIDS FARM RIGHT NEAR BALTIMORE AND GIVES STUDENTS EXPERIENCE FROM PLANTING THE SEEDS TO EATING IT AT THE DINNER TABLE Reporter: AFTER EACH SESSION STUDENTS GO BACK TO SCHOOL WITH KITS TO USE IN THE CLASSROOM AND IDEAS TO BRING HOME BASICALLY, THIS COMES BEFORE WE GET IT Reporter: THIS HAS BEEN PART OF THE CURRICULUM SINCE 2010, CULTIVATING STUDENT'S INTEREST IN HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVEGIVING THEM LIFE SKILLS TO CONTINUE TO EAT WELL OPEN MY OWN RESTAURANT GETTING MY NAME OUT THERE BASICALLY I WANT CELEBRITIES COMING TO EAT AT MY RESTAURANT

Reporter: HELPING THEM DREAM BIG

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