Education and Nutrition Flourish Together

"A hungry world is not a just world," says one of the local residents quoted in this story about a community garden in Denver.
July 26, 2017, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Graham Ambrose reports on the work of Clayton Early Learning, "an early childhood care and education center in northeast Denver’s Clayton neighborhood, [which] uses community gardens to get children excited about eating healthy food."

Clayton is a food desert, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and low-income residents often struggle to find healthy food options. The entire of city of Denver struggles with childhood obesity, with nearly 1 in 3 children ages 2-14 overweight or obese [pdf], according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment figures cited by Ambrose.

"Clayton Early Learning instructors use the community gardens to curb those realities by offering a sustainable source of healthy produce for children and their families," writes Ambrose. "Clayton administrators say that fewer than 13 percent of the program’s 2- to 5-year-olds are overweight."

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Published on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 in The Denver Post
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