Friday, May 1, 2009

Healthy Food, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds



by Andrea Bossenmeyer

Childhood obesity has taken center stage as children’s #1 health problem. Peaceful Playgrounds champions the efforts of individuals and organizations who actively work towards creating healthy bodies and minds. One such person we’d like to spotlight as a health advocate is Alice Waters.

She is known in the school community as the person behind, "The Edible Schoolyard" which demonstrates the transformative power of growing, cooking, and sharing food. It was created in an effort to bring kids into a new relationship with food.

At Ms. Waters’ pilot school, Martin Luther King Middle School, they grow the food right on the school grounds, followed by a cooking lesson on how to prepare the food they’ve grown. For many students, it’s the first time they’ve eaten fresh organic foods.

More on The Edible School Yard