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Chef Teaches Kindergartners How to Eat Healthy

Cleburne school brings in chef as part of White House's Chefs Move to School program

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    Statistics show one out of every three children in America is obese, now a White House program is headed to North Texas schools to help with good eating. (Published Friday, Feb 15, 2013)

    Getting kindergartners to pay attention to much of anything can be a challenge, and teaching them about nutrition adds to it.

    But 25 students at Santa Fe Elementary School in Cleburne are getting an education on healthy foods.

    "We know that a third of our society, a third of our children, are obese, and that's only going to get worse," said physical education teacher Shauna Boles. This generation of kids is supposed to be the first generation who will not live as long as their parents simply because of the fact that the obesity epidemic."

    Boles teaches the exercise portion of the lesson but needed some help with the nutrition part.

    Enter chef Reenie Werr.

    "As a chef, I can explain to them about vegetables and what they should eat," Werr said.

    She paired up with Boles as a part of the White House's Chefs Move to Schools program, which puts schools and chefs together to teach the importance of good eating.

    Werr is a pastry chef and she mentors a culinary chef, admittedly cooking some of the most fat-filled foods. But that experience helps them teach children how to replace sugar with things that are still tasty and healthy.

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