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Axis Capital & The Home Depot Team Up with ATL Non Profit to Donate a School Garden
LHTYF, Inc. is donating a school garden to an Atlanta school to begin its agriculture program.
By: Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation, Inc.
The Gardens Are For Kids™ program focuses on donating a vegetable garden to assist public schools with an interactive gardening experience. The goal of the program is to teach children the importance of fresh foods for a healthy diet and lifestyle so they can ward off obesity, diabetes, and hypertension.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 children and adolescents in the U.S. have obesity. For children and adolescents aged 2-19 years in 2017-2020: The prevalence of obesity was 19.7% and affected about 14.7 million children and adolescents.
This year, Mental Health Illness Awareness Week is Oct 2-8. "In 2022, schools are faced with the lingering threat of COVID-19, Monkeypox, and rising food costs. These challenges can be overwhelming. Providing a gardening program to schools can be both academic and therapeutic for the students," said Lori A. Manns, President of Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation, Inc. "For many children, participating in a school garden is their first exposure to agriculture. Being involved in a project where they participate from seed to harvest gives them a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem in challenging times," said Manns.
LHTYF's garden project is provided free to Atlanta area schools annually and made possible by the support of sponsors and community donors. For more information about LHTYF, visit http://www.livehealthyandthriveyouth.org or (800) 551-3775.
About Morris Brandon Elementary School
Morris Brandon Elementary School was founded in 1947 as part of the Atlanta Public School system and is an International Baccalaureate Primary Years World School. Morris Brandon Elementary provides a world-class academic education for just over 1000 students in grades kindergarten through fifth, at two separate campuses located in Atlanta.
About Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation, Inc.
LHTYF was established in 2010 to teach kids healthy lifestyle habits and encourage the active involvement of parents in the metro Atlanta area regarding the health and wellness of their children. The mission of Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation is to educate, activate, motivate, and empower youth in the areas of academic achievement, health, nutrition, fitness, and total wellness. LHTYF exists to educate children on healthy lifestyle habits, so they are more likely to avoid obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. http://www.livehealthyandthriveyouth.org