Somers Middle School students have been growing food and serving it up at lunchtime. The school has several raised beds, and recently installed a greenhouse, and a hydroponics system. The food is being grown as part of the nutrition class taught by Food Services Director and teacher Robin Vogler.
“We’ve been talking about fundamentals of nutrition with 7th graders. How to read labels, basically what a nutrient is, what’s healthy food, those sorts of things, and then when we get to the eighth grade level, I start to expand a bit and we talk more globally; where your food comes from, seed to fork,” Vogler said the students also cook, learning to make healthy meals.
Nationwide the conversation about childhood obesity continues. The Centers for Disease Control reported the percentage of obese children aged 6 – 11 jumped from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2010.
NPR produced an interesting series looking at childhood obesity based on a poll conducted by NPR, the Harvard School of Public Health,and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.