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Louisville program aimed at decreasing childhood obesity showing promising results

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A program using healthier foods to curb childhood obesity among Louisville students has cooked up some positive results.

The Farm to Family Initiative includes students at Hazelwood and Wellington Elementary Schools, where statistics show more than 35 percent of the students are obese.

Students make trips to a farm to see how food grows, and they have access to fresh food.

Now in its second year, the program is seeing positive results.

There's a big jump in the number of kids eating five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, exercising and cooking healthy foods.

"With the field to fork, with kids growing food, that helped a lot, but they didn't know where food came from. They thought you just go to the store and buy it. Now that they know it comes from garden, it's a big help," said parent Beverly Brown. 

The program is a partnership between Kentucky One Health and the Food Literacy Project.

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