Why We Garden


Why We Garden
Here’s food for thought:
  • One in three American children are overweight or obese.
  • Fewer than one in 10 high school students receive the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables daily.
  • French fries are the most common source of vegetables consumed by children and make up one-fourth of their vegetable intake.
Garden-based nutrition intervention programs can promote increased fruit and vegetable intake among children.

Moreover, studies show that healthy behavior positively impacts learning. And when healthy students make better students, we all win. 

Rooted in American Heart Association’s dietary recommendations for children, we have developed a curriculum full of garden themed lessons teaching nutrition, math, science and other subjects. Take a look at our nutritional guidelines and some examples of exciting activities kids are experiencing in the classroom.

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