By: Mary D'Anza, RDN, CDE
The Proviso Partners Giving Garden Summer Internship has nourished a desire to learn about Urban Agriculture all summer long! High School students from the Proviso Township have participated and volunteered over the past 6 weeks to learn about food systems, farming, health advocacy and serving their community by providing fresh and affordable produce. The students have run the weekly farm stand, and also hosted a Garden Fest on July 22. During the garden fest, the students sold produce, offered healthy samples of fruit infused water and tomato and pinto bean salsa, and also worked with volunteer nurses and medical students to educate the community on heart health and check blood pressure. The Urban Agriculture Summer Internship ends on August 12, but we look forward to working with the students during the school year ahead.
By: Gabriel Lara
Proviso Partners for Health decided to showcase Gabriel Lara's art for the blog this month. Gabriel is the Director of the Quinn Community Center. Please enjoy this beautiful work of Art.
District 89 holds monthly family nights during the school year, rotating the school at which the events are held. The PP4H Elementary Education Hub provides health promotion activities at each of these events. On Tuesday, February 28, District 89 held a Black History Celebration at Jane Addams School in Melrose Park. Three members of our committee attended this event: Mary Chrisostomo, Allynda Hammond, and Susan Flanagan.
The Education Hub hosted two health information tables at this event. One table provided information on healthy eating and healthy life styles. Mary Crisostomo gave out “prescriptions” to children on how to maintain good health through activities such as “drink water instead of sugary beverages”.
Our second table focus was on high blood pressure and strokes. Allynda Hammond provided blood pressure screening for the parents and educated them on the aspects of a heart healthy lifestyle.
The next day, March 1, Dr. Ann Andreoni and 2 students in Loyola’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program presented an assembly to over 100 students in grades 4 and 5 at Emerson School. They discussed how sodium intake causes high blood pressure as well as how students can determine sodium content using the Nutrition Facts labels on all packaged food.
Parent Teacher Conferences at Irving and Stevenson Middle School (March)
STEM night at Roosevelt School (April)
Yoga and Healthy Eating (April)
Health Fair at Irving School (April)
Health Fair at Stevenson School (April)