WEST HARTFORD - About a dozen children stand around a unique kitchen, located between the produce department and the check-out aisles at ShopRite in West Hartford.
They listen intently, as experts guide them through the preparation of sweet potato hash. "They are a little bit sweeter than your regular white potato," says Shana Griffin, ShopRite's on-staff registered dietitian.
"They contain a lot of vitamin A and vitamin C."
The culinary class — called Get Cooking! — is designed for kids age 8 to 11. The four-week, after-school program is just one of the efforts by Growing Great Schools (GGS), a West Hartford-based non-profit dedicated to creating a culture of wellness for children and families. The organization was created in 2010.
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