Eat Your Way to Better Health

Eat Your Way to Better Health is a program for youth designed to:
  • increase fruit and vegetable consumption
  • increase gardening skills
  • help students learn science, horticulture, and environmental awareness
Extension Educators work with students in schools to grow school gardens.

Making a Difference

During the 2010-2011 school year, Eat Your Way to Better Health was taught in third grade classrooms in 24 counties by Extension educators and volunteers. Educators spent the summer working with local schools to create garden plots so that when students return to school in August they could plant gardens with fall crops. Using the Junior Master Gardener "Health and Nutrition from the Garden" curriculum, Extension educators visited classrooms to teach students how to grow fruits and vegetables at home or in a community garden and are sharing information on health, nutrition, and food safety.