WAYNESBORO, Va. (WVIR) - The Get Fresh program has officially kicked off in Waynesboro.

On Wednesday, October 10, William Perry Elementary School students tasted sweet potatoes roasted in olive oil and cinnamon with varied results.

The tastings are one piece of the Get Fresh pilot program.

It's a collaborative effort between Waynesboro Public Schools, Augusta Health, Project GROWS, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and more that aims to teach kids about healthy eating.

“The purpose of Get Fresh is to help decrease the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes among our youth,” Krystal Moyers, who’s with Augusta Health Community Outreach, said. “When we did our most recent community health needs assessment in 2016, we realized that diabetes is one of the top issues in our community and nationally the instance of Type 2 diabetes among the youth is on the rise."

Get Fresh also includes Families, Food, and Fun, where families come together after school once a week for the next month to cook a healthy dinner and enjoy it together.