We design and deliver solutions for parents, schools, and organizations to improve the health of America's children. Growing Healthy Kids, Inc. is a non-profit organization working to improve health literacy and halt, reverse, and prevent childhood obesity...because failure to protect America's children from obesity-related diseases is not an option. Enjoy WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS!
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
PARENTS AND OBESITY
“If kids grow kale, they eat kale. If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes.”
--- Ron Finley
When was the last time you showed a child how to plant and grow a tomato? Kids come up
to me all the time to thank me for the tomato or pepper plant they received at a Growing Healthy Kids program and learned how to take care of. “If you give a man a
fish, you feed him for a day. If you
teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” That’s what I’m talking about. If you believe that food is the problem and food is the solution, watch this video featuring Ron Finley. Thanks to Adina Lehrman and Lucie Burke!!
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness
Month. The focus of Growing Healthy
Kids, Inc. is to raise awareness about how to reverse, halt, and prevent childhood obesity. One way we do this is by educating parents.Send us your idea about how we can educate parents about preventing
childhood obesity and growing healthy kids and you could be one of three
national "best idea" winners selected to receive a copy of NOURISH AND FLOURISH, the first
book from the Growing Healthy Kids’ movement to reverse childhood obesity.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 26th. Include your (1) idea about how to educate parents (2) name (3) email
address and (4) mail address. If your idea is selected as one of our three national winners, we’ll email you by September 30 to let you know that a
copy of NOURISH AND FLOURISH is on its way to you. HELP US HELP AMERICA’S CHILDREN get to -- and
stay at -- a healthy weight by reducing, halting, and preventing childhood
obesity. Become part of the solution!
This week, I ran into a friend of the Growing Healthy Kids movement to reverse childhood obesity, Adina Lehrman. Adina recently planted a permaculture garden in front of the new organic juice bar (LOV Juice in
Vero Beach, Florida). When I met Adina several years ago, I asked her to speak with a group of kids I was working with
for an entire school year at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Indian River
County. I will never forget the talk and
demonstration she gave about “bunny balls” (one of the most organic methods
of fertilization around). To check out her website, click here.You can also connect with Adina on Facebook. Here are a couple of pictures of the LOV Juice garden planted by Adina
and her business partner, Lucie Burke.
Adina enjoying a conversation in the shade of the edible garden in front of LOV Juice.
Good news from Tallahassee, Florida. I spoke with The Man in Overalls AKA Nathan
Ballantine with the Tallahassee Food Network.
Nathan is working with kids and adults to grow a network of community
gardens, increase access to locally grown, healthy foods, and build a bridge so that poverty is not a barrier to having access to fresh vegetables. Next month I will be making a road trip to
visit the community gardens in Tallahassee and surrounding areas to bring ideas
back to our bioregion in the Research Coast of Florida. To learn more about The Man in Overalls and the Tallahassee Food Network, click here.
Send us your best ideas for teaching parents and let’s move
on raising awareness about how to halt, reverse, and prevent childhood obesity.