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MetLife Healthy Families Program at The New York Botanical Garden


The New York Botanical Garden, with support from MetLife Foundation, has developed The MetLife Healthy Families Program to expand nutrition education and opportunities for exercise at the Botanical Garden. Healthy Families Walking Map

Each Wednesday at the Greenmarket, Heart Smart activities focus on helping visitors improve their cardiovascular health. Visitors can enjoy cooking demonstrations using produce sold at the Greenmarket, self-guided walking tours, and free weekly cell phone recordings with "What's in Season" at the Greenmarket. On select Wednesdays of each month, visitors may receive free health-related screenings offered by staff from local hospitals. Participation in each of these activities is free to the public.For weekly recipes, produce updates and information about weekly special events, read the Garden's blog, Plant Talk.

Another important component of this new initiative involves outreach to local schools that allows for sharing the ground-breaking programming of the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden's established lesson plans for teaching through gardening. This hands-on approach helps combat childhood obesity by inspiring an appreciation for fruits and vegetables in children at a young age. The MetLife Healthy Families Program at The New York Botanical Garden helps provide the basis for a healthy future for thousands of children and their families and serves to promote the lifelong benefits of active gardening.

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