Cheney Elementary's Garden is Sprouting Fruits and Vegetables

Cheney gardenWhen it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, Nemours Florida Prevention Initiative recommends families live by a 5-2-1-Almost None formula. This translates to five or more fruits and vegetables a day, two hours or less of screen time, one hour of physical activity and almost no items such as sugary beverages.

Kids at Cheney Elementary School should have help getting in their recommended servings of fruits and vegetables once the garden they planted is ready for harvest.

Cheney’s Healthy School Team Leader, Margie Martinez, said students from the school’s tutoring program are planting and tending to the school’s outdoor garden made up of above-ground grow boxes. The children planted “Growums,” which are packs of seeds that when grown can be used to make a food dish. For example, one Growum kit included seeds for Jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, cilantro and lettuce—items that can be used to make tacos.Cheney and Growum kit

The garden also includes onions, strawberries and some butterfly-attracting plants, she said.

Harvest time is a favorite time and it will be marked with a celebration. In the past, the students’ harvest resulted in a salsa party made of home grown ingredients.

Other upcoming Cheney activities include Literacy Week, January 19-23, which will include a book fair and a night for parents to come to school and read to students. The school will also participate in Sugar Awareness Week. Ms. Martinez which will include an activity to show students the amount of sugar contained in different drinks.

More to come!