NATO Summit funds invested in school nutrition programs

December 17, 2012 5:57:34 AM PST
Even more Chicago Public Schools students will be growing their own food next year.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday a $1 million investment into the school system's gardening and nutrition programs.

All of the money is left over from last spring's NATO Summit.

Emanuel says that the programs can have a huge impact on students' nutrition.

"Sixth graders who in a garden-based nutrition education, they consumed more than double the fruits and vegetables of the other students, based on the fact that their hands-on experience with fruits and vegetables and easy access," he said.

About 100 schools will be getting the new gardens, up from just a handful now.


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