In addition to her concerns over the environmental themes of "Beasts," Wallis says she chose to become involved with the American Heart Assn.'s Teaching Gardens project a few months ago "because it really appealed to me and it's for kids."
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Targeting elementary school kids nationwide, the how-to program was designed to combat obesity and encourage kids to include more fresh fruit and vegetables in their
diets. "It teaches them how to grow gardens, and it also teaches them how to eat healthy so they can live a long life," Wallis says. "If kids don't eat the right things, they'll live a short life. So what I say is, 'Go green and live longer.'"
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Wallis is also one who practices what she preaches: "I like gardening, and I'm putting one in the back yard of my house," she says. "I'm planting lettuce, carrots and all kinds of vegetables from seed packets. Since my mom likes to cook lots of fresh vegetables, it just makes sense. I'll be helping other kids plant their own gardens after school, so it's very exciting."
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