Three Teens Challenge Young Kids to Eat Healthy
Getting your kids to try a new fruit or vegetable can be pretty difficult, especially when it’s a group of elementary school kids.
It was an idea that started with Stevens High School sophomore Hannah Riker, to start an educational program with a simple goal, give kids in our community the opportunity to try new foods.
"We can show that there's really fun ways to eat these food too. You don’t just have to close your eyes and plug your nose and eat it real fast,” says Riker.
Riker started Harvest of the Month, a program where Riker and her two friends travel to elementary schools in our area to give young kids the chance to try a new fruit or vegetable that they normally would not have access to.
"The earlier you can introduce fruits and vegetables to kids the better, it's easier for them to accept new things when they're at that age,” explains Riker.
By creating interactive and different ways to eat new foods,Riker and her friends are making healthy food fun to eat.
“As sophomores in high school they have a lot of energy, they’re very creative and they're going to bring that to the elementary students. I'm very proud and very excited about what they're doing,” says Kristin Kiner, the Teen Up Youth Engagement Coordinator.
Harvest of the Month is also unique in that it utilizes the produce from General Beadle Elementary school’s garden. Giving food that students at General Beadle harvest straight back to the community.
Dedicated to encouraging healthy eating, Riker is hoping to spread their message to even more elementary schools by getting more high schoolers involved.
"That would be the big dream, for everyone to see and everyone to somehow get involved with the program”.
The first harvest of the month will be September 11th at Horace Mann, here they will be bringing in apples to kindergartners. If you'd like more information on Harvest of the Month or to find out how you can help contact Kristin Kiner at 605-310-4400 or Kristin.Kiner@k12.sd.us