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Spider-Man strikes again! But instead of stopping crime, Tobey Maguire is doing his part to teach kids about gardening and healthy eating.
A vegetarian for over 14 years (who recently went vegan), the actor will help launch the Teaching Garden, an initiative to promote ecologically sound food and lifestyle choices, at a kick-off event at Kelso Elementary School in Inglewood, Calif., on Monday. The organization was founded by philanthropist Kelly Meyer (stepmom to the actor's wife Jennifer Meyer) and inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign focused on teaching nutrition and fitness education to kids.
Maguire is no stranger to making changes to his diet for his movie roles: He had to gain weight for 2002's Spider-Man, quickly lose it for 2003's Seabiscuit and then bulk up again for 2003's Spider-Man 2. But he's known for being serious about eating healthily, even having his own chef on movie sets.
The dad to 3-year-old daughter Ruby and 10-month-old son Otis will get into teacher mode with the kids at the event along with pro volleyball player Gabrielle Reece, L.A. Laker Derek Fisher and Iron Chef America's Cat Cora, who will cook with the elementary schoolers and plant an organic garden.
Who knew? Spider-Man has a green thumb and a big heart.
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