American heart association- Teaching Garden
In 2018, the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation partnered with the American Heart Association and their Teaching Garden program. A Teaching Garden is a real-life laboratory where kids learn to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce and ultimately learn the value of good eating habits. About 1 in 3 kids and teens in the U.S. is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963. Early childhood is key to developing lifelong healthy habits. Garden-based nutrition programs can promote increased fruit and vegetable intake among children.
The American Heart Association is committed to bring Teaching Gardens to schools and neighborhoods across Los Angeles County and the U.S. to help fight childhood obesity and change the way kids and their families think about and consume food. There are now more than 400 Teaching Gardens around the country, 55 of them in LA. For more information about the Teaching Garden program, visit www.heart.org/teachinggardens.