Ready Set Grow aims to produce healthier communities by educating children and their families to promote healthy lifestyles and environments. RSG works with the community to develop best practices for growing sustainable gardens and reducing waste. In the fall of 2019, we implemented a garden club at Walls elementary in Kent, Ohio. Our garden club included 44 students, three teachers and two interns. The club held nine meetings covering topics such as nature, growing, composting, and more. Studies have shown gardening improves mental and physical health, along with developing bonds among community members. We are continuing to garden this spring and intend to expand into other schools to further promote healthy lifestyles with the hopes the students will develop healthy eating and environmental behaviors.
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