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This special explores how parents, schools, and communities can provide children with the best nutrition possible in a society filled with highly palatable but unhealthy foods. A 2013 KET production.
At the Mother and Baby unit at the University of Kentucky Healthcare, Dr. Rebecca Collins, director of the newborn nursery, explains the benefits of breastfeeding and Kangaroo Care.
Dr. Brooke Sweeney at the University of Louisville's Healthy for Life! program demonstrates how the staff help families overcome obstacles to good nutrition.
At Bloom Elementary in Louisville, parent volunteers join together with school support to offer "Food is Elementary," a nutrition curriculum where children learn about foods from around the world.
Studies show that if you start a healthy activity on a Monday you are more likely to continue it throughout the week. This was the concept that led Latonia Elementary to implement "Meatless Mondays."
In recent years, the Farm to School movement has taken off, helping both farmers and schools. KY Hydro Farms supplies many schools with hydroponic lettuce.
At Montgomery County High School, students in the Future Farmers of America program are raising their own beef for sale in the cafeteria.
In Jackson County, the Health Department and other organizations are helping residents revive long-standing cultural traditions such as gardening and canning.
In Bell County, a new initiative called "contagious health" brings people together with common health struggles for group education and support.
In Western Louisville, community partners initiated the "Healthy in a Hurry" program which provides financial and technical assistance to corner store operators who agree to sell fruits and vegetables.
Western Louisvillians are by-passing the traditional mechanisms for accessing fresh produce with "Fresh Stops," places where people come together to negotiate directly with farmers for bulk produce.
Thanks to a partnership between the Lexington Parks and Recreation Department and the Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition, several public aquatic centers in Lexington now have healthier concession stands with a new menu called "Better Bites."