American Heart Association Teaching Gardens
The American Heart Association has established an aggressive health impact goal for the year 2020: to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent. To measure the success of the 2020 impact goal, AHA has created health impact measures for children over the age of two in the areas of: smoking, Body Mass Index (BMI), physical activity, diet score, total cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.
To achieve its 2020 goal, the American Heart Association is committed to facilitate a dramatic change in the way Americans eat and think about food. To accomplish this change, the American Heart Association has created the Teaching Gardens program to educate elementary students about the importance of fruits and vegetables, to energize and excite them about produce, and to introduce fresh produce into the diets of students and their families. Participating in the Teaching Gardens program gives schools access to a variety of resources and support to help achieve these goals.
For more information about the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens, visit heart.org .