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Edible Education Tasting Program

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A Rochester school is embarking on an "Edible Education" journey in an effort to encourage students to eat healthy.

Fruits and vegetables are not always a favorite with kids, but students at School 12 are up for the challenge of increasing these healthy foods in their diet. The school on South Avenue is the first public school to take part in this new program created by Headwater Foods.

Kids were asked to sample a variety of locally-grown apples.

"It is not an unknown fact that a lot of school lunch programs really struggle to serve food that feels healthy, nutritious and enjoyable for the students to really get enthusiastic about. So part of this project is very much trying to counteract that, well how do we start to push in some fresh, wonderful good food into schools," said Chris Hartman of Headwater Foods.

The program is being funded through a $400,000 grant awarded by the Greater Rochester Health Foundation to promote exercise and healthy eating in schools. School 12 is one of eight city schools to receive this grant.

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