SOURCE: Nutritional Needs
HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Sep 11, 2012) - Ever since Michelle Obama broke ground on the herbal and vegetable garden at the White House in Washington, D.C., Americans have become increasingly interested in gardening, and on a much wider scale -- health. Michelle Obama's contributions to national health have been observed through her "Let's Move!" program, which has subsequently encouraged public school systems to change cafeteria menus for improved nutrition among students. According to a recent article in The Huffington Post, some schools are even going a step further by introducing student-harvested gardens on school property. Nutritionist Alexandre Ber encourages this type of interactive learning, noting that it will not only encourage students to go outdoors, but also to eat healthier.
According to the article, Moss Haven Elementary in Dallas, Texas recently introduced a teaching garden that has proven to be popular among younger students. The article states, "Moss Haven's garden is among a growing number being planted in schoolyards across the country. It is part of an American Heart Association initiative to get kids to eat healthier. Along with nutrition, school gardens can also teach lessons about the environment and science, teamwork, math skills and leadership, proponents say."
Alexandre Ber responds, "It really is a win-win situation; school gardens that make learning fun and are a kind of activity that can be applied to any grade level. The practice gets students outdoors and encourages them to move without the strict requirements of physical education that students typically have negative feelings about. Gardens are hands-on and feature a reward system, and I could see how it could inspire many students to explore nutrition and gardening in a larger capacity." Alexandre Ber relates teaching gardens to the extracurricular FFA activities that used to be common in high school communities, "Future Farmers of America has remained a program that teaches students the importance and value of raising livestock in a healthy manner, while also building upon lessons in commerce, career and leadership."
As a dietary expert, Alexandre Ber has helped many adult clients create nutritional plans that suit specific lifestyles and subsequently boost health. He explains, "Many adults are still not aware of how to eat properly, so by introducing teaching gardens among students at an early age, educators can create a generation that will continue to be health conscious." Although he has hopes that more schools will introduce teaching gardens, Alexandre Ber encourages families to start gardens as a way to get back to basics, grow their own food and spend quality time together outdoors.
Alexandre Ber owns and operates Nutritional Needs in Houston, Texas. He works with customers to assess their dietary and health needs and creates plans to suit their lifestyles. Ber earned his bachelor's degree in nutrition and foods from Texas State University. He engages in speaking opportunities at nursing homes, hospitals, schools, senior centers and other organizations to promote nutrition, exercise and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.