HEALTHY SNACK — First grader Raul Garcia shows off his bowl of vegetables grown at Theodore Judah Elementary School's garden. Courtesy photo

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The year of the vegetable?

By February 21, 2011

Mercy Folsom helps local students bring in healthy harvest

YUM — Christian Shaughnessy, Kirk Schnieder, and Eric Ostdiek, left to right, give their vegetables a thumbs up. The first graders at Theodore Judah Elementary School sampled lots of healthy treats from the school's garden. Courtesy photo

Is 2011 the year of the vegetable?

Students in Mrs. Ghidossi’s first grade class at Theodore Judah School in Folsom think so.

On Feb. 16 they celebrated the harvest from their winter vegetable garden — cauliflower, lettuce and cabbage. Canen Peterson, school principal, was on hand and the students artistically drew the parts of a plant, had a brief nutrition lesson and compared the different taste sensations.

Jan Wilcox, community outreach specialist at Mercy Folsom (who sponsored the garden under the Growing Well with Mercy program), commented that everyone is always amazed at how much children love vegetables. “They gobbled everything up and asked to take some home.”

HEALTHY SNACK — First grader Raul Garcia shows off his bowl of vegetables grown at Theodore Judah Elementary School's garden. Courtesy photo

Studies from the National Gardening Association and the University of Maryland confirm that children who garden eat more fruits and vegetables, are more willing to try new foods and are healthier as a result.

Mercy Folsom is dedicated to providing health care for the region and service area which covers El Dorado Hills to Rancho Cordova. The Growing Well with Mercy program is focused on community collaboration to foster healthy lifestyles.

For more information call Jan Wilcox (916) 817-8673 or visit www.mercyfolsom.org.

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