Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Farm-to-school programs help kids make better choices

By Jake Williams and Anthony Zamora
Colorado is known as the nation's leanest state, but this distinction belongs only to its adults. Colorado ranks 29th in the nation for childhood obesity.

Meanwhile, Colorado's rural economies have not grown at the same pace as those in the Denver metro region.

Colorado House Bill 1088, sponsored by Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster, effectively addresses this childhood obesity problem and uneven economic recovery by providing grants to help farmers produce healthy, nutritious food for public school kids.

Research shows that farm-to-school programs work for students. They provide kids with healthy food options and teach them about nutrition and food production.

When children learn about how their food reaches their plates, they make healthier choices. Students who attend schools with farm-to-school programs are 28 percent more likely to choose healthy meal options. Students who attend schools that serve local fruits and vegetables have a 14 percent lower chance of being overweight or obese.

For the rest of the story, go to The Denver Post.

To learn more about the Colorado Farm to School Task Force, contact Susan Motika.

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