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Classrooms accept the play with produce classroom challenge

by | January 10, 2010
ORLANDO, FL -- Classrooms around the country accepted the invitation to participate in the Produce for Kids' Play with Your Produce Classroom Challenge.

The challenge, open to grades kindergarten to 6, asked teachers to help students discover healthy eating habits through a creative, fun classroom activity that focused on fresh produce.

Here is how the challenge worked: From Sept. 7 to Nov. 13, classes created and submitted details about their creative activities that focused on healthy eating that involved fresh fruits and vegetables.

Three grand prize winners received $500 to promote school-based health and wellness and a classroom party toolkit (with party ideas, recipes, favors and $100 gift certificate to purchase produce and other nutritious food from their local grocery store).

One class submitted a music video of the entire class singing a modified version of "Twelve Days of Christmas." The new ballad, "Ten PFK Produce Sponsors," incorporated PFK sponsors' products and logos into the video storyline.

Another winning class submitted an ABC fruit/vegetable book that the students created by relating fruits and vegetables to multiple items starting with the same letter.

The winning classes and their entries will be featured on the Produce for Kids' web site,

"Our mission is to promote healthy lifestyles by educating kids and parents about the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables," Heidi McIntyre, executive director of Produce for Kids, said in the Jan. 8 press release. "We are excited to see teachers create engaging, interactive activities that inspire students to learn healthy eating habits that last a lifetime."

Created in 2002 by Shuman Produce Inc., a leading grower-shipper of "RealSweet" brand sweet onions, Produce for Kids brings the fresh produce industry together to raise funds for children's non-profit organizations while educating families about the benefits of healthy eating.