Field to Fork program promotes healthy choices for students

Field to Fork program promotes healthy choices for students

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 26 at 1:15 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Area kids are planting the seeds of healthy living. 

The Field to Fork program kicked off in several Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Friday morning.

The program is a partnership between CMS, the county health department and several others including Fuel Pizza. 

Fifth graders at Nations Ford Elementary school got a taste of just how delicious veggie piazza can be. 

Fuel Pizza brought vegetable pizza to the school to start the program.  Students will plant vegetable and herb gardens this spring at the school. 

Later,  they'll visit Fuel Pizza and enjoy those same vegetables on pizza.  The program is designed to teach kids about healthy diets, gardening and preparing food at home. 

It's a lesson some students are already taking to. 

According to Megan Dean, a registered dietitian for Mecklenburg County, the Field to Fork program can make a real difference. 

"It's important to bring it into the elementary school to teach children that vegetables can be healthy and fun and tasty, and that they taste really good on whole wheat pizza, she said.  "It's just a great way to get them excited about eating fruits and vegetables."

The program started in 2010 and has expanded to more and more schools.  This spring, the program will be in 15 CMS elementary schools. 
 

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