Teaching Garden Dedication

Fighting childhood obesity.

It's the message behind a brand new garden at a local grade school.

Wednesday, Whitman Elementary and the American Heart association dedicated the school's very first teaching garden.

They planted different types of vegetables including, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, radish, scallion and spinach.

Principal Jana Rodriguez says, "Friday and yesterday they spent the day putting the beds together putting the soil in. This morning they'll be putting the irrigation system in after they get the plants planted. Learning cooperation, teamwork skills, about healthy foods, it will be a great opportunity for them."

One third of U.S. children are overweight.

The Heart Association says this is a new way it can help fight heart disease and stroke.