Healthy Ingredients for Healthy Kids

During the month of May, the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority will be partnering with local farms to provide local, farm fresh produce to youth participants of the Full Circle Youth Program at Edgewood Homes.

This opportunity allows youth ages 7-18 to explore cooking with items like arugula, bok choy, fresh onions, strawberries, and other seasonal items. We learned quickly that adding radish greens to pesto makes a really spicy sauce!

This opportunity is made possible through funding from the Kansas Health Foundation as part of the ZOMBIE Health Initiative.

ZOMBIE Health Initiative addresses six identified health targets -- Zoning, as in healthy spaces, Outside activity, Movement of and Body image, Ingredients for meals, and Exercise. This project will introduce programming for preventing and reducing childhood obesity in youth who receive housing assistance by increasing interest in, access to and regular, consistent participation in physical activity and nutrition based eating.

ZOMBIE will help families take advantage of small, daily opportunities (walking, snacking, reducing screen time) to demonstrate that healthy, long-term behavior changes can be achieved incrementally, and that new, unfamiliar activities can be rewarding and become part of your everyday life.

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Contact: Chris Lempa, Full Circle Youth Program Coordinator Phone: 785-331-4418 Email: clempa@ldcha.org

Making pesto is hard work, but someone has to do it. Dan Clifford, a Washburn VISTA Fellow, supervises pesto making at the Full Circle youth program.

Making pesto is hard work, but someone has to do it. Dan Clifford, a Washburn VISTA Fellow, supervises pesto making at the Full Circle youth program. by DouglasCountyHousing

Tagged: housing, youth, nutrition

Comments

Lawrence Morgan 6 years, 5 months ago

I would hope that all students at Edgewood Homes would take part. In reality, this instruction needs to happen at schools throughout Kansas.

I hope that funding is wider for more schools and towns to take part. Often parents are working and don't have time or know-how to make good meals. Kids can really help!!!

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