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The 2011 Champions of Health and Fitness

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Budding Genius: Donna Cavato

By Cristina Goyanes

Walk onto the grounds of the Samuel J. Green Charter School in New Orleans and you'll see a big, beautiful organic garden; an outdoor classroom; a composting station; a greenhouse; and a citrus grove. This green oasis, which was once covered with asphalt and flooded with five feet of water after Hurricane Katrina, is Louisiana's first-ever Edible Schoolyard (ESY), an educational gardening program. Nearly five years ago ESY program director Donna Cavato, along with a landscape architect, led a group that included teachers, students, and neighbors in designing the teaching garden. "It was a therapeutic process for the kids to rebuild this campus that wasn't in great shape even before Katrina," Cavato says. The garden now yields about 2,600 pounds of produce every school year. The children regularly work in the garden, and the chef-teachers on Cavato's staff show them how to use the produce they grow to prepare healthy dishes that taste good. The result: Kids who never ate fruits and vegetables now love the cafeteria's salad bar. "Teaching young children the pleasures of enjoying delicious, seasonal foods will have a lifelong impact on their health and happiness," Cavato says.

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lindaeichman wrote:

I like Jillian Michaels and feel that she has inspired a lot of people. I have bought her videos just to motivate me to start any kind of activity routine her messages kept me motivated to at least start some kind of routine.

1/24/2011 05:53:55 PM Report Abuse
c343 wrote:

Great to see Roseanna here, her work is truly valuable. It would be nice if there were a link to her organization:

1/2/2011 03:51:05 PM Report Abuse
TheSpinGuru wrote:

Giving any kind of Fitness industry award to Jillian Michael is an outrage to the entire industry. Her limited knowledge in numerous aspects of fitness are legendary. Her certifications are suspect. Her pulling a seat off a Spinning bike while somebody was riding as well as her kettlebell video is a legendary FAIL.

12/21/2010 02:23:15 PM Report Abuse

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