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Head Start Program - Ohio Farm to Family

Published May. 28, 2013 | Discuss this article on Facebook

According to the 2010 Pediatric Surveillance System, approximately 30 percent of children ages 2 to 5 are overweight or obese.Young children on average consume less than half of the daily recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables which has been linked to a higher rate of childhood obesity.The preschool years are a critical time in a child’s life to develop lifelong eating habits. Food preferences are developed.  The goals of this program are to:

  1. Improve access to fresh, local fruits and vegetables by Head Start families.
  2. Increase food literacy skills/self-efficacy related to use of seasonal, local produce - includes menu planning, food preparation and food storage.
  3. Increase fruit and vegetable consumption in families with young children.
  4. Increase connections between Head Start families and local farmers.
  5. Increase parents’ knowledge about local agriculture and the benefits of eating local foods.

If you are interested in donating fruits, vegetable or supplies to this program, please contact Hamilton County FarmBureau at 513-831-5870. Your support is greatly appreciated.

 

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