The Healing Garden
Plaza del Sol (PDS) is a community health center in Corona, New York.
In April 2012, we implemented a childhood obesity prevention program called Fit for Life that aims to reduce obesity in children 0-36 years of age. The program provides nutrition education & counseling as well as behavior modification techniques for the caregivers of these children. A community garden is a good way of teaching families how to eat healthy. In April 2013, PDS began to use one of its patios as a small garden for patients and their families. Because it is harder in the Queens community to gain access to healthier foods we wanted to create an outlet for our patients within the walls our health center called, the “Healing Garden”, we grow fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables there. From April to November 2013 we hosted 20 garden sessions for patients. About 100 visited the garden. During our sessions, we taught patients & their families how to grow fresh produce in their homes and how to use them in healthy meals. We also use the items grown for weekly food demos in the health center. We want to grow the program and increase the size of our garden to host more sessions & create more awareness around healthy eating. To do so we will open a second garden in another patio for patient access during our second gardening season to introduce new fruits and vegetables to our patients and use the produce for more food demonstrations. We plan to incorporate more nutrition workshops during these sessions so patients and their families as well as community members can receive proper information and have a better understanding of what it is to eat healthy and be healthy.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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