Comments on: Planting Seeds of Good Health http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/10/planting-seeds-of-good-health/ The EPA Blog Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:24:21 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: Linda S http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/10/planting-seeds-of-good-health/#comment-20555 Fri, 12 Nov 2010 05:35:46 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=4468#comment-20555 I thought for sure the percentages would be lower for the amount of kids that eat the right amount of fruits and vegetables. Having a garden is a great and affordable way of having fresh food. The taste is so much better. The quality is insurpassable. There are enough vacant lots around. That is a great way to bring gardens to communities. Kids love to help in the garden. So its a great way of letting them learn while they do!

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By: Skyler Roeshot http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/10/planting-seeds-of-good-health/#comment-20554 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 14:47:31 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=4468#comment-20554 Eating healthy is not easy. Often times working parents don’t have time to cook a healthy meal for their families. Cooking requires having the ingredients for a recipe, and unless you live near a grocery store, you’re out of luck. Right now I am a full time student with an internship and a weekend job, and I can’t even find the time to cook a healthy meal for myself, let alone someone else. I think community gardens are a great idea. However, it seems unlikely that there will ever be enough community gardens available to combat the issue of children not eating enough fruits and vegetables. In suburban areas, finding space for a community garden in a local park seems feasible. However, in densely populated areas, where green space is limited, I can’t imagine there being enough space for enough community gardens to keep up with local demand. This being said, I still think increasing the number of community gardens wherever possible would be beneficial.
It would be great if landlords and public housing managers put community gardens on multi-family housing roofs for tenants to rent and plant fruits and vegetables. Roof gardens would be a convenient and cheaper alternative for busy parents, a positive experience for children who would otherwise be cooped up inside after school or during the summer, and a great way to increase the number of green roofs in our cities, which would, in turn, decrease storm water run off by creating more permeable surfaces. Children should also be exposed to gardening in school. I think elementary and middle schools should have fruit and vegetable gardens for kids to manage either in the school’s playground area, or on the school’s roof. The food pyramid is one way to educate kids about eating nutritiously, but seeing the food pyramid doesn’t change kids’ eating habits who don’t eat healthy at home. Having a garden that students manage, will teach children what they can do to eat more healthily when they grow up. These efforts will, hopefully reduce childhood obesity for children of future generations.

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By: MOS Creative http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/10/planting-seeds-of-good-health/#comment-20553 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 19:27:50 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=4468#comment-20553 Great post! I couldnt agree more how satisfying it is to be able to eat something that you have grown yourself and being that most foods we plant are healthy it is like an added bonus!

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By: Michael E. Bailey http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/10/planting-seeds-of-good-health/#comment-20552 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 02:07:11 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=4468#comment-20552 What you say is right on target about poor food choices being mostly what is available in low income areas and this goes along with other information about these areas having more polluted drinking water and also dirtier air to breathe because these are also the same areas where pollution causing industrial, storage, and disposal operations tend to congregate because costs are less in these low income areas for big polluters. The work EPA is doing with helping set up community gardens is a major step in the right direction of improved public health in low income communihties. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

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By: Jesús Torres Navarro http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/10/planting-seeds-of-good-health/#comment-20551 Sun, 10 Oct 2010 01:25:57 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=4468#comment-20551 Felicidades es un excelente artículo y felicidades también a la Primera Dama Michelle Obama por la encomiable labor que ha venido realizando en beneficio de los niños; es un ejemplo para todo el mundo

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By: armansyahardanis http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/10/planting-seeds-of-good-health/#comment-20550 Fri, 08 Oct 2010 16:16:11 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=4468#comment-20550 I agree with you about cultivating a plot in communities gardens.
By the way, in my neighborhood, I saw some of women had obesity after they married. I think that is not foods effect, but psychoneurosis. I know, before married, they are enjoy and so cool, but the families had wrong chosen. But I am happy, their kids so funny and many others obesity, include my son who will graduate university ceremony next week. Congratulations Boy…!!!!

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