10 Tips on Creating a Family Garden
Apr 10, 2012 - 4:41:58 PM
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - NEW YORK - April 10, 2012 – Nutrition begins from the ground up and creating a family garden can provide the perfect platform to teach kids the benefits of healthy eating. To help increase your kids’ appetites for nutritious foods, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a national non-profit founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation to combat childhood obesity, brings you 10 tips on how to successfully create a family garden.
For more tips on ways you can cultivate a healthy lifestyle and help reverse the trend of childhood obesity visit: www.HealthierGeneration.org
Chart Your Course: Create a list of fruits and vegetables you want to comprise your garden. As a family, vote on the plants that will populate your crop.
Look Before You Leap: Have all family members sketch the garden of their dreams. Incorporate elements of each design into an outline that best suits your space.
Do Your Research: Take a family trip to the library and explore how to successfully care for and create a garden.
Be Climate Friendly: Determine what fruits and vegetables will thrive in your local conditions.
Reach Out: Chat with local gardening businesses to request useful information and ask about specials they might have.
Turn Responsibilities into a Break: Create a maintenance schedule that allows your family to tend the garden together.
Sunlight: Be sure to plant the garden in an area with sufficient sunlight.
Plant the Rainbow: Include fruits and vegetables that possess a wide variety of colors to increase your garden’s nutritional value.
Appreciate the Fruits of Your Labor: Don’t forget to explore the garden and enjoy a snack.
Share Your Success: Donate excess food to soup kitchens and local charities to provide those in need with a nutritious meal.
About the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works to address one of the nation’s leading public health threats – childhood obesity. The goal of the Alliance is to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015, and to empower kids nationwide to make healthy lifestyle choices. Founded in 2005 by the American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foundation, the Alliance works to positively affect the places that can make a difference to a child’s health: homes, schools, doctor’s offices and communities. For more information please visit: HealthierGeneration.org
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