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Kids Learn Benefits of Eating Healthy

Students at African Road Elementary in Vestal now know how to eat a little healthier thanks to the American Heart Association and Broome Tioga Boces.
The two organizations teamed up for National Eating Healthy Day Wednesday, and taught first and second graders about healthy food.

The teachers compared different fruits and vegetables to the colors of the rainbow, and told students why it's so important to eat them.

"I learned that vegetables and fruits make you strong. And they make you go faster. And they make your brain smarter," said second grader Rayan Lodi.

"Healthy eating habits start right from the get-go and there's a big problem in America now with childhood obesity and chronic disease. Prevention is really the key so that's why it's important to teach kids how to eat healthy," said Carrie Carlton of Broome Tioga Boces.

The American Heart Association recommends eating more than four cups of fruits and vegetables a day, and limiting soda and other sugary drinks to 36 ounces a week.

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