Teach Children the Origins of Healthy Food
As summer approaches and we begin to look forward to hot weather, it is inevitable that images of luscious, succulent food fill our heads. From a wellness perspective, eating healthy food should be our goal. But where and how do we get healthy food? We should realize that obtaining healthy food is possible and it does not always require patronizing expensive select grocery stores. The best place to get fresh healthy food is from the original source- where it is grown – the garden. It is time that children begin to realize that fresh food does not come from Kroger, but it comes from the ground.
So, give your children some healthy 5-minute lessons for the summer:
- Cut off the end of a celery bunch. Put a toothpick between each stalk and place in water. Watch it carefully and in a time, a celery plant will grow
- Take one cob of fresh corn and lay it horizontally in a pan of water, making sure that the water covers the corn. In a few days, you will see plants growing out of the cob. Just place the cob with the plants, in a pot with soil. Keep the soil moist; be patient and see what happens.
- Slice a ripe banana in half. Scoop out the banana seeds with a spoon. Place the seeds in a pot of dirt, keep the soil moist and, again, be patient and watch what happens.
- Take a strawberry and make several thin slices of the skin of the strawberry. (The black dots on the strawberry’s skin are the seeds of the strawberry). Take the slices and lay them separately in a pot of soil. Keep the soil moist and be patient and see what happens.
- Take several small potatoes and place in a pot of soil. Cover with soil and water consistently. Be patient and watch what happens.
These are just a few activities for children for the summer that can help children learn the origins of healthy food. To begin to eat healthy food, grow your own. If you are interested in actually planting food on a larger scale than what the activities imply, join a community garden. There are many community gardens around the city. One is on Hale Avenue in Avondale – the Hale Avenue Community Garden. There are several empty raised beds there waiting for someone to claim them and start planting. If anyone is interested in joining the Hale Avenue Community Garden, call 513.602.6710 and get started.
Enjoy the summer! And eat Healthy!
Kimya Moyo, Health Liaison