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2010 project: ( this program was funded by RI Department of Attorney General, supported by RI Star Chinese School )

To Promote Nutritional and Cultural Education through Vegetable Gardening with the RI Asian Youth

Many Asian Americans have a kind of vegetable garden growing in their backyard filled with traditional vegetables such as scallions and Dong Gua melons. These gardens serve not only as a fresh nutritious food source, but also as a link to the Asian cultural heritage. However, many of the youth of today's generation have lost the important connection. Inspired by the First lady's Garden, Chinese Nurse Association is planning to promote vegetable gardening with RI Asian youth, in order to preserve the Chinese heritage and educate the youth about proper nutrition. Child obesity is getting more public health attention nationwide. Asian youths are not immune from it because they adopt the American culture and grow up in the same society and enjoy the same diet habits. Obesity is linked to higher rate of chronic disease, like heart disease, cancer and diabetics. It requires every individual, family and community's efforts to fight child obesity. To have a vegetable garden takes time to plan, prepare the plot, plant the corps and harvest the produce. It's physically demand, which is good exercise for the child and parents. It takes time away for the children from watching TV and playing video games. This project will also teach the children early appreciate the vegetable.

We will distribute the vegetable plants, tools and hopeful the parents will help their children get involved with planting, watering and sharing the joy of harvest with your family, friends and neighbors. We will follow-up with your progress in the fall.

Happy Planting!

 


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