Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Record highs and the beans are blooming!

Paradise greetings,

With a foot of new snow in Des Moines, we are blessed to live in the tropics, enjoying record highs while the rest of the nation shivers. This morning, while driving my son to school I glimpsed an incredible sunrise. After dropping him off, I altered my morning work plan and drove over the bridge to South Beach. What a perfect way to begin an awesome day! Some stretching and gentle breathing exercises to wake up the bod with the power of the mighty sun bathing Earth in magnificent beauty.

The glory of nature. This is what Growing Healthy Kids is about. Connecting kids with the glory of nature. Learning that the healthiest foods come from the earth. Learning how to grow them. How to harvest them. How to prepare them. How to enjoy them. Respecting nature. Respecting ourselves. Respecting each other. We can overcome the nature deficit kids have by acting deliberately and with purpose.

Yesterday I visited the garden at The Willow School. The beans have the most beautiful, dainty purple blossoms on them and are ready to get staked. The lettuce is big enough that I asked the kindergarders when we are going to have our first salad party. The bean and lettuce seeds were provided by Florida Department of Health's Cancer Prevention section. Eating healthier foods such as fruits and vegetables is important for preventing cancer.

This morning on the news, scientists were celebrating the decreased cancer rates one minute, then talking about their expectation that cancer will be increasing because of the American obesity epidemic. This is why we are planting gardens.

Growing Healthy Kids - improving the health - and lives - of kids, one garden and one child at a time.

To your perfect health,
Nancy Heinrich
Founder, Growing Healthy Kids