Neighborhood Health Story: Empowering a generation through healthy food | Aetna

Neighborhood Health Story: Empowering a generation through healthy food | Aetna


(gentle music) – Our mission is to be
the urban agriculture and community gardening
resource of Asheville and Buckingham County. My name is Nicole Hinebaugh and I’m the program director
with Bountiful Cities. We’re part of a number of different
collaborative initiatives that are working to
achieve food sovereignty. How can we grow enough food right here for people to be able to eat
and meet their food needs? Education is extremely important and that’s why programs like
FEAST and like Strong Roots are crucial. (gentle music) – [Summer] I’m Summer Walden and I’m the cooking and gardening teacher for FEAST at Hall Fletcher Elementary. We have a pretty diverse group of kids that go to this school. This was the most
economically challenged school that had the highest percentage
of free and reduced lunch. Kids are dealing with different stress and different trauma
for different reasons. The garden is a place
where they can decompress and be connected to the natural world. Being able to make choices
that are healthier choices or to put something in your
body that makes you feel good versus just putting something in your body is really important. Having this school based program where students get the opportunity to play with zucchini,
they get to dissect it, they get to taste it
raw, they get to taste it in all these different ways. And kids really like that
freedom to do things. They get super excited. They come running up to you and like what are we gonna make today and how can we do this? We bring in multicolored
carrots, so purple, and yellow, and thinking about how they taste, and that the color of
carrot doesn’t actually change the fact that it’s still a carrot. We can talk about that and the differences and say it’s just like us. If you look around, we’re all different. We don’t have to judge
ourselves on those things and what we look like. Food’s the same way. It’s such a great tool for education and it’s such a great tool
for just self reflection. Like you have a kid that’s gonna go sit in
the garden and think. That’s pretty powerful. (gentle music)

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