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Have you started your community garden yet?

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?

Mission Possible: The Texas Nature Challenge

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.

Let's Move Faith and Communities: Learn about The Summer Food Program

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.

Walking to School Reduces Stress—With Positive Effects on Cardiovascular Health

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:

South Plains Food bank farm could use help recovering from loss due to recent rains

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.

Support for Your Kids Garden: Grants due October 1

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.

F as in Fat 2010 Finds Continued Rise in Nation's Obesity Rates

 

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.

Sustainable Food Center offers Healthy Cooking Classes in Austin

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***
***Childcare available***

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

Newly released national report shows Texas has work to do to ensure low-income children have access to nutritious food during the summer