Harrison Community Schools, one of CMDHD’s partners, has been working for months to write and implement a policy that allows them to plant raised garden beds, berry bushes and fruit trees. These will allow students at Harrison Community Schools to have better access and experience with growing produce. Foods grown in this “edible school yard” will be used mainly in the school cafeteria and snack lines, which are available to students in all grades K-12. When possible, excess food, or food that is harvested outside times students are in school will be frozen to be used during times when students are in school. This is a great example of how CMDHD and its partners are working to improve health and reduce obesity by creating healthier communities.
Funding for these school projects comes from a Community Transformation Grant for small communities from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This grant provides funding to implement aspects of the CMDHD Community Health Improvement Plan to improve nutrition and physical activity and reduce obesity in central Michigan.
If you would like an opportunity to get involved to increase access to healthy food, consider joining Together We Can. Together We Can is a community project aimed at improving health status in the central Michigan counties of Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Osceola, and Roscommon. For more information LIKE Together We Can Health Improvement Council on Facebook, visit our website at www.together-we-can.org or email us at TogetherWeCan@cmdhd.org.