Nearly 1,000 of New York's public school teachers and staff spent their Saturday in a day-long nutrition education training session in Lower Manhattan.
It's part of the citywide CookShop program designed to get kids in low-income neighborhoods excited about healthy food at a young age, including teaching kids how to prepare simple meals on a tight budget.
One event organizer said that teachers play an essential role in getting their students to embrace healthier attitudes.
"If we can get children right now to get excited about healthy eating and realize that vegetables are not your enemy, that they're fun, engaging them in cooking, that's really how you get them to adopt better habits," said Margarette Purvis, president and CEO of Food Bank. "Really, really great lifestyle choices will then ensue after that."
"Healthy food produces positive energy so that they can learn better, and they're more productive in school, so that's important, and that's what I believe in CookShop," said Janet Lo, a teacher at P.S. 34.
Program organizers said that nearly 40 percent of the city's elementary school students are overweight.
CookShop is run by the Food Bank for New York City.