MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

April 21, 2013

Whittier experiences ‘Farm to You’ program


— More than 310 Whittier Elementary students recently experienced the “Farm to You” program in their school gymnasium, a media release states.

“Farm to You” is an interactive, walk-through display geared toward elementary students. The exhibit features nine stations that take the students from the farm to the market and through the body. The stations include Cheeseburger Farm, To Market, Healthy Cool Café, Mouth, Stomach, Small Intestine, Muscle, Bone and Skin. Groups of 10 students spend about six minutes at each station learning about the relationships between agriculture, food and health.

Lisa Taylor, state coordinator for Farm to You, said children don’t normally consume enough fruits and vegetables. They often eat too many calories and aren’t physically active, which contributes to being overweight. Being overweight as a child increases the risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease later in life. The “Farm to You” exhibit promotes healthy living.