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New online Garden Community encourages healthy living through gardening

5 Aug

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The American Heart Association is offering a new online community for gardening enthusiasts to connect, share information and learn to live healthier.

The free site began on July 30th and is designed for people of all ages and skill levels who garden at home, school or in the community. Resources are available to explain different garden types and designs, cultivation methods, lesson plans for educational gardening programs and healthy recipes for fresh, garden-grown foods, according to the AHA.

Garden Community members can participate in discussions, get ideas about other gardening programs and share photos, videos and other tips to show what makes their garden or gardening program successful. They also can compare notes on teaching children about gardening and healthy eating.

The virtual community is a natural outgrowth of the AHA Teaching Garden program, which reaches 270 U.S. elementary schools. By increasing Americans’ fruit and vegetable consumption, the Garden Community can help lower obesity rates and improve overall health, according to the AHA.

Research shows that children who grow vegetables may be more likely to eat them, and people eat more fruits and vegetables if they participate in community gardens.

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Reblogged from blog.heart.org

Good News! Childhood Obesity may be Declining

6 Aug

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After seeing childhood obesity rates soar over the past 30 years, there is finally some good news to report. The CDC released a report Tuesday that shows obesity rates among low-income children between the ages of 2 and 4 has dropped in 19 states and territories.

Although the declines were small in most cases, this definitely a sign of progress.

“It’s encouraging news but we’re very, very far from being out of the woods,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said. “The fight is far from over.”

We’re thrilled with the news and are excited about continuing to do our part to end childhood obesity for good.

To read the CDC’s full report click here: http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/ChildhoodObesity/index.html