Through the Let's Move initiative, the First Lady has challenged faith-communities and neighborhoods to establish 10,000 new community gardens or ways to access healthy food in our communities. How many will be in Texas?
The Texas Nature Challenge is an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the abundant opportunities we have in Texas to enjoy nature. Start a family nature club at your congregation, plan events for your youth groups, or just go exploring with your family and neighbors.
The goal of Texas Nature Challenge is to get families and kids outdoors by visiting as many participating parks and nature areas in Texas as they can this summer.
In Texas, less than 20% of the children that are eligible to participate in the summer food service program (SFSP), actually receive the food that they need. Read more about SFSP in Texas here. Congregations can help increase access to food for the children that need it in the summer, by providing a site for distributing food, or volunteering to assist their local summer food sponsors.
This recent research from the University of Buffalo seems to confirm what many of us have noticed about outdoor exercise--it not only improves your general fitness and burns calories, but it seems to have a long-lasting relaxing and calming effect.
Researchers believe this effect has long-lasting health outcomes:
From Lubbock Online |
What happened at the South Plains Food Bank Farm during the recent rains was tragic. But as a community we can — and need to — fix this.
In a single week, rains flooded most of the five-acre farm at 76th Street and Avenue B and took away the fruit of more than two months of work.
Is your congregation or organization starting a youth-based community garden? Check out this funding opportunity from Subaru. Grant applications for the Healthy Sprouts Awards are due October 1, 2010.
Adult rates increase in 28 states; significant disparities persist among racial and ethnic groups.
The country’s obesity epidemic continues to worsen, as detailed in F as in Fat 2010: How the Obesity Crisis Threatens America’s Future. Adult obesity rates climbed in 28 states during the past year and now exceed 25 percent in more than two-thirds of the states, with rates higher among Blacks and Latinos.
FREE Cooking Class Series
The Happy Kitchen presents:
Learn to prepare delicious, healthy and inexpensive meals. Be informed of good nutrition for you and your family. Learn how to get the most food for your money.
Classes meet once a week for 1.5 hours for a period of 6 weeks. After each class, you will receive a free bag of groceries to prepare the recipe taught in class at home.
***Registration priority for Greater Mt. Zion parishioners***
Newly released national report shows Texas has work to do to ensure low-income children have access to nutritious food during the summer