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Back to School: Hands-on Learning Drives Healthy Eating

Three children watering an outdoor garden.

For most children starting the new school year, nutrition education is not what they are looking forward to. Maybe that’s because our decades-old approach to the topic is an authority figure pointing at a government poster on the classroom wall.

There’s a better way.

A recent study by Teachers College, Columbia University found that in schools where FoodCorps delivers a robust set of hands-on lessons that give kids the chance to garden and cook, students eat triple the fruits and vegetables in their school meals. In other words, having class outside isn’t only good, it’s good for you.

Curt Ellis, Co-Founder and CEO, FoodCorps

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