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My name is Claudia Mendoza
and for the past five years I've been
working with preschoolers.
Child obesity it's a problem in the U.S.
and it's a growing epidemic, but what worries me the most,
it's something that could be prevented.
One third of kids are overweight or obese.
But now as the kids come, I want to do something about it.
"I'm movin'. I'm learning. I'm movin'. I'm learning.
I'm learning to move, I'm moving to learn,
so come on everybody let's sing this song."
They're like little sponges that absorb everything.
So as much information we can pass them out to them,
they learn and they talk about it
and they take that to their families as well.
Amelia talks to me about the Yoga classes
and she tries to teach me her yoga poses. [Laugh]
I saw the yoga class and was like,
you know I want to bring that to my classroom too.
It's not the yoga that is like concentration.
It's yoga for preschool, which is only focused on stretching.
And I also read that the benefits,
you know it's about controlling their bodies.
It was nice to kind of boost her ego a little bit
with something that she could teach us that we really
couldn't teach her at all.
Going to leave it in our garden,
so we can see how they grow and we could eat all the stuff.
Gardening and cooking with the kids is something very fun.
And it also teach the kids you know where the food comes from.
It teach the kids you know
about the importance of nutrition.
Here she's planting a carrot, but at home,
she's taking care of a tomato plant.
One of Miss Claudia's lessons.
If I could share an example of one of the kids,
the parents shared with me that you know at home, he
used to drink soda.
So now he say, "No I need water cause my teacher say
I need to drink water."
So the family started drinking water as well.
He's making an impact as you know as young as four years old.
Who's ready for lunch? Me!
They're learning healthier habits at this age.
It will stay with them for life.
When we go to the store, she'll pick out
fruits that she wants... healthier alternatives.
I've seen my kid grow not only academically but as a person,
as a human being and she's really learning,
umm...you know things that will grow with her
that will make her make better decisions.
[Laugh] Let's go!
The stuff she learns at school is going to
carry on through out her life.
I think it's important we as teachers, as adults,
as parents we have to show them.
Sometimes we want the kids to read.
They have to see us reading.
We want them to eat vegetables;
they have to see us eating vegetables.
We want the kids to exercise; we have to exercise as well.
If everybody does just their little part,
we could do so much.