Friday, March 15, 2013

Macdonough Named an American Heart Association Teaching Gardens School!

Macdonough School was selected as an American Heart Association Teaching Gardens School!

The American Heart Association introduced the Teaching Gardens Program in the spring of 2011. The goal of the Teaching Gardens Program is to contribute to the American Heart Associations’ strategic impact goal of improving the cardiovascular health of ALL Americans by at least 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by the same rate. To determine if we meet this goal, the American Heart Association will examine the following seven indicators for adults and children over age two: smoking, body mass index (BMI), physical activity, diet quality, total cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar.

The Teaching Gardens Program will be run by Mrs. Amy Waterman, Director of the school's Family Resource Center.

In order to accomplish these goals, the AHA has launched new programs and initiatives focused specifically on prevention. The American Heart Association Teaching Gardens Program is part of the organization’s effort to dramatically change the way Americans eat and think about food. With childhood obesity rates threatening the future of millions of children, this national, school-based program is designed to help kids understand what it means to be healthy. Aimed at elementary school students, the Teaching Gardens program provides hands-on learning experiences. It is a real-life laboratory where students learn how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce and ultimately understand the value of good eating habits.


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