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Nonprofit organization bringing nutrition education to CCSD

LAS VEGAS -- Create a Change Now is a nonprofit organization created to educate students in low income areas about healthy living and nutrition.

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one-third of Clark County School District students between the ages of 10 and 17 are overweight.

CACN, led by Executive Director Melissa Blynn, is trying to combat the obesity problem by adopting elementary schools in the valley and introducing them to their “Healthy School, Healthy Life” program.

“It's a lifestyle that we are definitely changing in Clark County,” said Blynn. “To really truly, truly change the culture of not only the school, but of the parents.”

CACN just adopted its ninth school, Robert Lunt Elementary, for their program. The school started off the program by planting a garden on school grounds.

“The whole vision came from a child who was growing a potato sprout in the classroom and said, ‘What would happen if we planted this?' and I said, ‘Well, let's see,'” said Principal Thelma Davis.

Since then the program has taken off. Students say they've made smoothies from what they have harvested in the garden. They will also sell items from their garden at a farmers' market in the spring. All money raised will go back into the program to help fund the garden and other healthy activities.

Through the program, Blynn promotes not only healthy eating habits, but a healthy, active lifestyle to the students and their parents. She says the program thrives because the parents buy into the program at the schools, not just the kids.

“We do our after-school garden clubs, where that's the hub of our programming,” said Blynn. “We do nutrition, garden, and fitness education with the parents to now bring this in a lifestyle.”

CACN plans to adopt five more elementary schools in Clark County in 2015, bringing the total number of schools to 14.

If you're interested in volunteering or donating to CACN, go here.


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