Challengers Boys and Girls Club members recently got the opportunity to play in the dirt while creating a teaching garden with help from the American Heart Association and Teaching Garden founder Kelly Meyer. The program gives youngsters a chance to learn nutrition and healthy eating habits by planting, nurturing and harvesting garden produce.

According to studies, french fries are the most common source of vegetables consumed by children and make up one-fourth of their vegetable intake. Juice, which may lack important fiber found in whole fruits, accounts for 40 percent of children’s daily fruit intake. All of these eating habits, say researchers, are leading to modern-day “malnutrition.”

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