County Leads Youth Community Garden to Help Curb Obesity

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 5:05pm

The County El Paso and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension teamed up to create a Youth Community Garden in an effort to reduce childhood obesity in the area.

The garden, at Ascarate Park, is a hands-on learning laboratory where volunteer Master Gardeners teach children and their families how to plant, grow and harvest fruits and vegetables in their own homes to improve their diet. Organizers said the gardening classes are complemented with nutrition education that teaches them how to eat healthier.

In observance of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the groups are hosting the first Youth Community Garden Open House for attendees to see the gardening program in action. 

The open house will begin Friday at 9am at the Maintenance Shop at Ascarate Park.

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