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Building healthy habits, one vegetable at a time
03/27/2015

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At Hillcrest last school year

One step at a time is how most of us learn to do most things. One vegetable at a time is how the Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Food and Nutrition Services is encouraging students to adopt healthier eating habits. According to the Centers for Disease Control, most children (90 percent) do not eat enough vegetables.

For the second year, the BCPS food and nutrition office secured a Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act grant from the Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs. The grant funds are being used this March to conduct vegetable taste testing events at 17 schools -- enhancing students’ awareness of and positive associations with vegetables.

Elementary schools participating this year, all chosen because of their previous strong interest in nutrition education, are Bear Creek, Catonsville, Cedarmere, Charlesmont, Chase, Glenmar, Glyndon, Martin Boulevard, New Town, Pleasant Plains, Pot Springs, Seven Oaks, Villa Cresta, Warren, West Towson, Westchester, and Westowne.

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At Hillcrest last school year
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At Hillcrest last school year trying asparagus
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March 10 2015 at Westowne ES 2
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March 10 2015 at Westowne ES 2

At each taste testing, employees dressed as peas and a carrot encourages students to sample a vegetable in the cafeteria during lunch. Students who try the vegetable are given stickers, pencils and a nutrition activity book.

The month’s final event is scheduled for March 31 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at West Towson Elementary School, and the vegetable to be sampled is glazed baby carrots.

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