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Project to Reduce Obesity Nationwide Starts With Kids in Imperial County

Children love pulling fresh carrots out of the garden or picking berries off a bush. It’s fun to eat food they have grown themselves.

The Imperial County Childhood Obesity Project is funding community and school gardens in hopes that kids who enjoy gardening will eat more fruits and vegetables, and ultimately slim down. The $6 million research project, conducted by San Diego State University, is also beefing up school physical education departments, providing family wellness workshops on nutrition and exercise, and having pediatricians work with families to set healthy eating goals for young patients.