Created: Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:15:00 CST
Updated: Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:27:56 CST
Childhood obesity has become an epidemic in the United States. One summer school program in Hastings is fighting back against the issue.
Nebraska is one of 5 states across the country to receive a grant called "food smart families" from Conagra. Representatives from Nebraska's Extension program are teaching students how to prepare healthy food. Today, 75 children from Hastings took part in the program at Lincoln elementary.
After each day, the children are sent home with a bag full of ingredients so they can make the healthy recipes at home with their families. Extension educators say teaching children healthy habits can make a difference.
"If you know how to prepare your own foods then you aren't going to depend on fast food for your family to eat," said Extension Associate, Deb Unterseher.
"Because it helps us get strong," said 7-year-old Cody Landen.
The "Food Smart Families" Program runs Monday through Wednesday until July 30th.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services one in every three children are overweight or obese.