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When: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

School programs lead fight against childhood obesity

By Monica Rohr
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The Houston Chronicle

Inside E.A. Jones Elementary School, the battle against childhood obesity is being fought with fresh ingredients.

Bulletin boards tout the merits of home gardens and expose the tongue-twisting preservatives in junk food. Students take a "food adventurer" pledge, promising to sample new recipes and never to utter the words "yuck" or "gross." Stainless steel bowls burst with a bounty of greens, vegetables and herbs freshly harvested from the school garden.

And fifth-grade chefs sport aprons and spout exuberant reviews of their seed-to-plate cooking class.

It's a typical day in the Fort Bend ISD's culinary classroom, where professional chefs from Recipe for Success guide students through healthy cooking lessons, organic gardening and nutrition education.

The classes are one component of Activate for Kids, a health and fitness pilot program developed by United Healthcare and the United Health Foundation. The program, which kicked off this year in six school districts in Texas, Florida and Georgia, is among a growing number using a more holistic approach to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic.

Read more of this story in The Houston Chronicle.