Have you ever tried Kale chips? Third graders at Garfield Elementary in Long Beach, CA used produce from their teaching garden to make this crunchy healthy snack. Classes harvested the kale, washed leaves, shredded , mixed in seasoning, and prepared them for the cafeteria oven. 120 students participated and enjoyed tasting kale!
How to Make Kale Chips:
- Wash and dry leaves with a towel
- Tear into bite-sized pieces
- Drizzle with a little oil and black pepper.
- Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes until crispy.
Read more about the health benefits of kale.
We know you’re already working on all these, right? But just in case Mother Nature doesn’t feel like warming up anytime soon, you better add these garden tasks to your to- do list.
Cold, dark winter days are the ideal time to start planning your spring garden. Choose the plants you would like to grown with your students and create a planting calendar to guide you through spring.
If You Build it…
Get the garden ready for spring. When the weather permits, winter is a great time to dive in to infrastructure projects for your Teaching Garden. Building or repairing planter boxes now leaves more time for growing later! So roll up your sleeves and tackle that bird bath or tool shed that you’ve been hoping to add.
A compost pile allows you to recycle food scraps and create fertile soil for the garden. Get started over the cool months to make sure you have plenty of healthy soil for your new seedlings.
Photos & Video
Be sure to use the flip camera provided with your Teaching Garden to take pictures and video of your students in action and submit them to email@example.com
Jot it down
Keep the garden going during winter with the Teaching Garden Journal. Have students track the weather, make plans for spring or share a favorite recipe.
We want to see your growth, but we need data measure it.
For schools new to the Teaching Gardens program, make sure that you have filled out and submitted your Pre-Survey. Gardens in their second cycle after completing a harvest should have completed the Post Survey.
Becky Comet, a former contestant on “The Biggest Loser,” and Kelly Meyer, co-founder of the American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens, will appear on the television show Tuesday night to share how healthier options are being offered to children at an Arkansas school.
On the show, Comet explains how she planted an American Heart Association Teaching Garden at Benton Middle School, where she taught math before retiring. Now a personal trainer and life coach, Comet challenges Americans to eat more fruits and vegetables.
The episode will air on NBC at 7 p.m. CDT. For more information, visit The Biggest Loser.
reblogged from: blog.heart.org
The United States is facing an obesity epidemic. Nearly one in three children and teens are overweight or obese and many are inactive, according to the American Heart Association. About 50 percent of U.S. adults and 65 percent of adolescents do not currently get the recommended amount of daily physical activity.
School districts can increase physical activity in children and young adults by opening playgrounds, gyms and fields to the community when school’s out, especially in lower-income areas, according to an American Heart Association policy statement published in the American Journal of Public Health.
The statement recommends that school districts and community organizations create shared use agreements to allow supervised activities like sports leagues and unsupervised playing. It reported that low-income communities have less access to recreational spaces and community recreation centers.
“If you want to get active, you need a place to be active,” said Deborah Rohm Young, primary author of the statement. Dr. Young is with the Department of Research and Evaluation at Kaiser Permanente Southern California in Pasadena. “We need more voices to help local schools share their playgrounds and gyms with the community.”
Recognizing that schools have legitimate concerns with simply unlocking their gates and doors, the statement identifies five key issues to address with community organizations:
- Who pays to keep facilities open and maintained;
- How schools and community groups can best communicate;
- Whether schools have appropriate spaces for physical activity;
- Who takes on liability for injuries or damage to school property;
- How schools can select the best groups to work with.
A recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 61.6 percent of the 800 districts surveyed currently have a formal agreement for use of their facilities. However, many of the districts are in more affluent areas that already have more opportunities for physical activity.
“The bottom line is sharing spaces can bring communities together and improve the health of all residents,” said Young. “Many schools have found ways to make it work and with the low rates of physical activity among kids and families, every green space and playground that is available means more kids that are active, more kids that are healthy and more families having fun.”
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reblogged from National American Heart Association blog
We want to know.. What school has the best budding botanists around? We know Teaching Gardeners are growing and learning in every day and we want to show the world what you can do!
Share your Teaching Garden harvest pictures on Instagram with #TGHarvest during October for official bragging rights and a chance to have your school garden featured on our national sites!
Click to enlarge the flyer below and see how to get started today!
Happy Meatless Monday! In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, this week’s meatless recipe comes with a special Mexican flair! Chef LaLa has teamed up with the American Heart Association to show us how to make some of Latin America’s favorite dishes even healthier. Today she’s showing us how to make Jicama Salad. Its low in calories, packed nutrients and flavor, and a delicious meatless dish.
Vamos! Watch the video below and lets get cooking.
Are you celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month in the garden? Tell us how!