Saturday: "Healthy Food Day" in North Tulsa

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Updated: 10/20/2013 1:11 pm Published: 10/20/2013 1:01 pm

It's a celebration of food and everything to grow our kids.

The Tulsa County Health Department is on a mission to inform people about the importance of healthy living.
For several communities, including parts of North Tulsa, healthy food choices are scarce.

FOX23 went to a "healthy food day" in North Tulsa to watch kids learn the different choices of eating healthy.
This is a food desert so most people's access to food is either convenient store or fast food.

Especially if your only form of transportation is public --- a trip to the grocery store could be time-consuming.

It takes about four hours round trip to get to the nearest grocery store by bus.

The Tulsa Health Department took time to teach parents and their kids that they too can be healthy.
Wiletta Burks brought her goddaughter and says these are lessons worth learning.

"I wanted them to be exposed to something other than out of a can or out the bag ... I wanted them to know something about fresh food."

Antjuan Custard brought three of his children and said he wants them to know the importance of growing their food.

"I was raised on the farm so that's one reason I brought them out here ... They took them out to the garden and planted basil and tomatoes. I'm showing them we can plant our own garden."

This area has been labeled a food desert because of the lack of grocery stores but event officials want to make sure everyone knows about promoting good, healthy living, starting with the children.

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