Studies show that healthy behavior positively impacts learning. The goal of the program is to improve children’s health.
- Nearly one in three American children is overweight or obese.
- American eating habits are leading to modern day “malnutrition,” with diets full of junk foods
- French fries are the most common source of vegetables consumed by children and makeup one-fourth of their vegetable intake. Juice, which may lack important fiber found in whole fruits, accounts for 40 percent of children’s daily fruit intake.
The American Heart Association Teaching Gardens, founded by Kelly Meyer, is an innovative national, school-based program to re-establish what it means to be healthy. Aimed at elementary school students, the Teaching Garden program provides hands-on learning experiences rooted in offering nutritional choices.
The following schools have gardens sponsored by the Jackson Heart Foundation:
- Davis Magnet School
- Casey Elementary
- Boys and Girls Club
The Teaching Gardens program is part of a larger American Heart Association, My Heart. My Life. healthy living initiative, designed to help Americans understand what it means to be healthy, and to take action. For more information about the Teaching Gardens program and how you can participate, visit www.heart.org/teachinggardens.