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Greenhouses promote healthy eating for Qatar's youth

A vast array of fruit and vegetables has been grown by school students as young as seven as part of learning about health, nutrition and healthy living.

Students took part in Project Greenhouse, an initiative from Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar's Sahtak Awalan — Your Health First campaign, that is designed to teach children about where their food comes from, and also the types of food they should be eating to stay healthy and to avoid diabetes and obesity when they are older.

As part of the initiative schools received a greenhouse, soil, seeds and growing instructions and were challenged to cultivate the best crop.

Brigadier General Ali Ahmad Al Kuwari, Director of #Qatar Leadership Academy, said having the greenhouses had allowed the students to put theoretical lessons learned in the classroom into practice in the real world.

Al Kuwari added, "Project Greenhouse has been a great success and by planting the seeds, nurturing the plants and finally harvesting and eating the crop it has given our cadets a very real sense of achievement.

"More broadly speaking, Project Greenhouse has also taught our cadets about the environment, sustainability and the importance of caring for the natural world. The students have learned skills that they will take with them throughout their lives, and knowledge that one day they can pass on to their children. Fruit and vegetables grown by students at QLA include lettuce, parsley, tomatoes, chillis, eggplants and cilantro. They have also introduced mango trees and okra and even built an irrigation system to make watering the plants much easier."

Read more at menafn.com

Publication date: 5/9/2017


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