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Lettuce Days to Give Durham Students Fresh Ideas for Growing and Eating Healthy

Health Department’s nutritionists aim to change norms in classroom, community

Post Date:09/11/2012 4:30 PM

DURHAM, N.C. – Ask a group of five year olds where lettuce comes from and most will say the grocery store. Few, if any, have ever seen a lettuce plant growing in soil.

The Nutrition Division of the Durham County Health Department aims to change this norm and teach Durham Public Schools students how easy it is to grow and eat their own food.

“The goal of this program is to encourage students to eat more fruits and vegetables,” said Kim Barrier, school nutritionist for the Durham County Health Department. “Research shows that children are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables if they are involved in the growing and cooking process. We hope that these activities will translate into students and their families growing other produce at home and preparing it as part of their regular meals.”

Durham County Health Department

Lettuce Days
• Nutritionists will give students a hands-on nutrition, gardening, and culinary experience.
• Each of the school’s 376 students will sample a salad made with a mixture of lettuce greens and a homemade vinaigrette dressing.
• Students will also pot a lettuce plant to take home for their families, along with recipes and instructions on how to care for the plant.

Friday, September 14, 2012
9:00am – 2:45pm

R.N. Harris Elementary School
1520 Cooper Street
Durham, NC 27703

For more information about Lettuce Days, contact Kim Barrier at (919) 560-7852 or e-mail

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