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Heroism and Home Economics

Getting access to fresh, healthy food is important but so is knowing what to do with it. When confronted with a butternut squash or bunch of kale,...

Getting access to fresh, healthy food is important but so is knowing what to do with it. When confronted with a butternut squash or bunch of kale, how do you prepare it? It's a quandary anyone who belongs to a CSA has confronted-so imagine how kids used to grabbing food on the go might feel. Substitute teacher Kim Carrington decided that teaching kids to cook and eat good healthy food was important enough to inspire her to apply for a grant from Youth Service America to start Health Heroes, a cooking class for students at Maryland's Surrattsville High School. After cooking-and eating-cinnamon-baked sweet potatoes and collards with olive oil and garlic, the students ended their evening by exercising–not in the gym but with gospel-line dancing. Truly inspired.Photo: Flickr / joyosityThis post originally appeared on www.refresheverything.com, as part of GOOD's collaboration with the Pepsi Refresh Project, a catalyst for world-changing ideas. Find out more about the Refresh campaign, or to submit your own idea today.