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Cure for obesity? FACS Classes!

get the facsThree cheers for FACS teacher Chelsea Folmsbee for shining a light on an important aspect of Family and Consumer Science Classes – they are an important tool for teaching kids about nutrition and teaching them how to cook nutritious food. WHAS11 reports

Chelsea Folmsbee views her classroom as the front lines of a serious fight against obesity. “Maybe cook the zucchini just a little bit longer but other than that it looks great,” said Folmsbee from Robinson Secondary School. At Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia, students are chopping up fresh kale, zucchini, onions and garlic and pan-searing chicken.

With about one third of American adults considered obese, family and consumer sciences instructors like Folmsbee say it's not just about teaching teens what's healthy, but encouraging them to experiment with it. “I feel like a lot of times we see things in the grocery store and we don't get them because we don't know what to do with them. So if we can learn what to do with them we're more apt to buy them and use them,” said Folmsbee.

The nation's school lunches have recently undergone a transformation but Folmsbee wants to enable students to cook up healthy dishes, long after class is dismissed. Perhaps a new purpose for the old "home ec."

Those of us in the industry have appreciated and celebrated the health-side of FACS lessons for a while – but again we applaud Chelsea for her good work both teaching kids about nutrition and getting national attention doing it.

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