GREENS: Gardening to Revive the Environment and Educate about Nutrition in the Schoolyard

Outcomes

  • Built ten school gardens that are actively part of the school learning environment
  • Increased knowledge and interest in exercise and healthy food choices among program participants.
  • Identified Environmental Ambassadors from three schools and one community setting to become leaders for healthy food and activity choices in their communities.

Overview

Health Promotion Council’s GREENS program creates and expands edible gardens, and provides nutrition and physical activity education at schools and community sites in low-income communities in Philadelphia. Through GREENS, we help families move from awareness about healthy eating concepts to adoption of healthy eating habits. We achieve this by teaching them how to grow fruits and vegetables, eat healthy meals, and be physically active at home and at school. This kind of education builds the capacity of children and families to develop and sustain healthy habits, participate in healthy lifestyle activities as a family, and maintain gardens in their schools and communities. It also increases participants’ knowledge and awareness about ways to incorporate physical activity, as well as the likelihood that they will include physical activity into their week.

Since the program’s inception, HPC has successfully worked with school and community partners to create and sustain edible gardens, and implement family-oriented programming to support healthy eating and physical activity. Thousands of children from across our school network, along with their caregivers, have participated in the garden-based nutrition programming through GREENS, and many experienced gardening for the first time. Further, families overwhelmingly reported higher levels of knowledge and interest in healthy food choices and physical activity following workshop participation.

Partners

  • Antonio Pantoja Charter School
  • Cramp Elementary School
  • Darlene Morris Emergency Shelter
  • Holy Innocent Area Catholic Elementary School
  • Julia deBurgos Elementary School
  • Morton Elementary School
  • Luis Rodriguez
  • Penrose Elementary School
  • Potter Thomas Elementary School
  • Smart Pots
  • St. Barnabas Mission
  • Sunday Suppers
  • Visitation BVM Elementary/Middle School

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