Gardens in school

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Gardens in school

The idea of putting gardens into schools is to get children invested and to get them involved in what whole food really means and this idea of healthy eating, what it really means. So can it make a difference? I think it can make a difference on many levels but if nothing else, I think that green box with vegetables growing in a natural way on a concrete jungle of a school yard, I think it is a billboard. I think it is a billboard against the 4,000 ads that they will see for food with no nutritional value from the time they are two until 17. Will it make a difference? I think any time you go and spend time with a child, real time, quality time, time in the garden, I think that makes a difference. And if it saves one child and teaches one child the idea of what healthy eating is all about, then I think it is worthwhile.

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Kelly Meyer, passionate environmentalist and co-founder of the Women's Cancer Research Fund, is an active leader among several national and local environmental organizations.  She currently co-chairs the Leadership Council for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and sits on the Board of Southern California’s, Heal the Bay.  Kelly is proud to have been a partner in the building of the first LEED Platinum home in California, Project7ten, which continues to be used to educate people on green building practices. Meyer was instrumental in the passage of the Environmental Education Initiative (EEI), a groundbreaking piece of legislation that requires environmental education in grades K-12 in all public schools in the state of California. She also completed a solar and wind energy project at her children’s public elementary school where the community experienced first hand, the concept of thinking globally while acting locally.  Most recently, she co-founded the Teaching Garden, which strives to eliminate childhood obesity by integrating good nutrition habits and fitness into schools. Now nationwide, it has been adopted by the American Heart Association as part of their prevention campaign. She was recently appointed by Secretary Solis to The Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training and Employer Outreach. Kelly is married to Ron Meyer, President and COO of Universal Studios. They have two children and live in Malibu, where she enjoys hiking, surfing and stand up paddling.

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