THE BRONX - About two dozen students at P.S. 55 spent today digging in the dirt to create their own healthy garden and learn about how to make better nutritional choices.

The school's principal, Luis Torres, partnered up with the American Heart Association and Health First to promote better nutrition and fitness.

"Here in the Bronx, we have a real obesity problem," said George Hulse from Health First. "Twenty-five percent of the children in the Bronx are obese. Forty percent are overweight."

In order to help the children beat the odds, nutritionists and fitness instructors were on hand teaching them how to make better choices.