Sick kids getting free cooking lessons from Chef of healthy foods

posted by Kelly Nash - 

Thanks to chef and restaurant owner Troy Guard, some kids at National Jewish Health hospital in Denver are learning to love what kids usually don’t like: vegetables. These kids have chronic illnesses like cystic fibrosis and asthma and they’re students at a special school at the hospital called Morgridge Academy where they learn to manage their health along with academics.

Guard has created a garden where the kids learn how to grow veggies and how to cook healthy meals with them. "We want to put good things into our bodies,” he explains, “and my hope to is that it will help with what's going on with them as well.” A lot of the kids report that their symptoms either vastly improve or completely vanish when they start eating healthy.

A lot of the students come from disadvantaged homes where fresh produce is scarce and fast food is what’s for dinner. But Guard takes them to one of his 11 restaurants to teach them how fun cooking is and that better food leads to better health. Then he teaches them how to grow vegetables in their apartments so they don't even need a yard to get a lot of the nutrients! 

Here's a video Troy posted of himself at one of his restaurants a couple of years ago. 

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