GREEN BAY, WI - Live54218, the Greater Green Bay Area's Healthy Eating, Active Living Initiative, is pleased to announce year three of their gardening partnership with KI. This innovative partnership between a community-based organization and one of Green Bay's largest employers is positively impacting school nutrition and workplace wellness programs by establishing access to on-site gardening opportunities. Through this collaboration, 12 area schools have been awarded school garden mini-grants, and KI has established a worksite garden for their employees.
The school garden mini-grants were either used for start-up funding toward planting, maintenance and harvesting activities, or for upgrades to existing gardens.
"Gardening for health is an old idea that is rapidly gaining wide recognition," said Kristin Denslow, School Garden Specialist for Live54218. "Research shows that well-nourished, physically active students perform better academically, and school gardens are a great way to achieve both."
Research shows that worksite gardens create many benefits for businesses and their employees. "KI is dedicated to implementing strategies that improve the health of its employees, and our garden is a great addition to our worksite wellness program," said Jennifer Aerts, integrative health coach/on-site nurse for KI.
Getting employees involved in the planting and harvesting of the produce also provides a great form of physical activity and team-building. Additionally, employees learn food skills related to growing produce. Sustainable gardening also improves problem-solving skills and reduces stress in the workplace.
Live54218 and KI encourage other schools and businesses to launch gardening programs. To learn more about the school and worksite gardens, contact Ashley Ponschok, Senior Community Development Specialist for Live54218 at (920) 593-3401.
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Born out of the community's desire to address the ongoing childhood obesity epidemic, Live54218 was created around simple recommendations we could all live by every day. As the Greater Green Bay Area's Healthy Eating, Active Living initiative, we strive to create environments in the community that support and promote all residents daily in consuming 5 fruits and vegetables, drinking 4 bottles of water, having less than 2 hours of screen time, participating in at least 1 hour of physical activity, and sleeping 8 hours a night. The goal is to make the Greater Green Bay Area the healthiest community in the nation. Learn more at www.Live54218.org.