Community Roots Coalition Ends Educational Gardening Sessions for the Year; Gave 82 Pounds of Produce Back to Local Families
XENIA, OH – The Greene County Community Roots Coalition hosted its last educational session of the series at Lexington Park on September 5th. This session centered around the community garden and a cover crop that was planted. The garden gave back 82lbs. of produce to the community. Local community members and families that had helped with the garden received the produce.
Community Roots is a partnership between Greene County Public Health, the City of Xenia, Central State University Extension, Ohio State University Extension Office, Greene CATS, Beavercreek Parks and Recreation, and Fairborn Parks and Recreation.
A critical barrier to healthy lifestyles in Xenia and other communities across Greene County is food insecurity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. According to an article from the Journal of Nutrition, most adults living in food insecure households report being unable to afford balanced meals. Studies show that food insecurities can also lead to adverse health effects for both adults and children, including chronic illness, along with developmental and mental health problems.
The Community Roots Coalition is also working on increasing physical activity in our communities. There is currently a display at the Fairborn Library focusing on fitness tips. The display runs through the end of September.
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