Children 's Eating Habits Are Not Consistent With Recommended Amounts

1854 Words Apr 21st, 2016 8 Pages
Gardening can range from fruit orchards to residential yards to fields with rows of crops. It involves a very active participation in the growing of plants and includes labor intensive activities. Gardening can be considered a relaxing activity for many individuals. Many classrooms and parents have taken to teaching their children the skills of gardening at a young age. Involving children in the process of growing their own food improves their fitness, causes them to eat healthier, makes them feel pride in growing something, gives them a sense of self-reliance and instills in them skills and values that become important for the rest of their lives.
Current research shows that children’s eating habits are not consistent with recommended amounts. In a study, it was proven that sixty percent of children did not eat the recommended amount of fruit in a day and ninety-three percent didn’t eat the recommended amount of vegetables. Children should be eating one to two cups of fruit and one to three cups of vegetables daily based on their age and weight but many children do not meet these suggested amounts. It is believed that “schools are essential to early exposure to good nutrition and provide a blueprint for healthy eating that can last a lifetime.” (“Children eating more fruit, but fruit and vegetable intake still too low”.)
A solution to the problem of children not eating healthy enough is found in the Edible Schoolyard, an educational program created by Chef Alice Water to…
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