Friday, March 30, 2012

Gardening is Good For You!

Since 1995, the American Public Health Association has coordinated National Public Health Week - a campaign during the first week in April that serves to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about issues related to the chosen theme. This year's theme, A Healthier America Begins Today: Join the Movement, was designed to encourage more Americans and their communities to take preventative measures to help improve their lives.

And what's our favorite example of a community-based, life-improving, healthy activity? Getting the community together to grow local produce, of course!

Two of our founding hillside farmers, Lauren Messina and Rachel Rosenberg, PhD students in the School of Public Health, will be discussing the connections between gardening and public health on Monday April 2, from 3:30-4:00pm. Following their talk and tour, everyone is invited to get their hands dirty in the garden and assist Rachel and Lauren in some weeding and planting in the garden until 5:30pm. Please find additional details about the event here.

This event is part of National Public Health Week and co-sponsored by the Public Health Garden, Delta Omega (the Public Health Honor Society), and the Maryland Council on Family Relations (MCFR).

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