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Mayor Allen Joines will be at Petree Elementary School at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, to help fourth and fifth graders plant a garden for healthy living, which is intended to help children make healthier food choices.

“Solving the obesity crisis is the most pressing health challenge facing this generation,” Joines said. “By engaging students to participate in healthy eating and living activities during their formative years, we may be able to help prevent our children from becoming overweight and suffering the many chronic conditions and diseases later in life that are the result of being obese.”

Students will plant spinach, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, broccoli, kale, asparagus, garlic, string beans, lima beans, rosemary, thyme and sage. They will also plant a variety of purple vegetables, including eggplant, beets, purple cabbage, purple lettuce and purple basil in support of the Paint the Town Purple campaign by the Novant Health Maya Angelou Women’s Health & Wellness Center. The campaign includes a website called Bright Ideas to encourage citizens to participate in discussions and provide solutions for reducing obesity.

The Petree Elementary School garden is funded through a grant by the Kate B. Reynolds Foundation in partnership with the Mayor’s Office, the Winston-Salem Chapter of The Links Inc., the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and Novant Health.

 

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