Wilson College Teaches Healthy Eating to Local Kids, Teens


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Everyone knows eating fruits and vegetables is the healthy thing to do, but Wilson College wants to share that message firsthand to young people in the Chambersburg community.

It all takes place at the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living, where students have been going throughout the summer for the Vegetable Literacy Program. While at the Fulton Farm, they learn about farming and healthy eating.

"We partner with Building Our Pride in Chambersburg. We also work with the Boys and Girls Club of America, and…the Lincoln Intermediate institute, their migrant education program,” said Annie Bingaman, environmental education coordinator for the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living.

The main focus of the program is to encourage students to eat vegetables and keep track of their nutritional needs. The students also learn about sustainable living and the benefits of eating organic.

They learn about the different parts of the plant, where their food comes from, we give them a selection of vegetables to sample, and we tour them around the farm,” Bingaman said. "We want kids to know their vegetables, to know where their food comes from.’

It is information the participants say they will take to heart.

"In the stores, you don't know what they put in. Lots of chemicals are put in there and those chemicals are really bad for you,” Vegetable Literacy participant Lizbeth Mejia said. “It's always great to buy local."

"It's very fun. I learned a lot and hopefully I’ll get to come back,” Vegetable Literacy participant Lydia Lemus said.

The Vegetable Literacy program was made possible by a $8,000 grant from Summit Health Endowment and a $3,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

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