“Memphis residents and communities are pushing back against the high obesity rates and unhealthy eating trends of Tennessee. As of 2012, the adult obesity rate of Tennessee was up to 31.1 percent with 11.9 percent of adults diagnosed with diabetes. Now, Memphis is taking a stand by promoting healthy nutrition and working to make fresh food more accessible. Get inspired by Food Tank’s ten great urban agriculture and sustainable living projects in the River City.
1. The American Heart Association Teaching Garden of Bethel Grove Elementary School is representative of the more than 40 school gardens planted in East Memphis. The teaching garden’s program “combines nutrition education with garden-based learning” to give students a hands-on experience of healthy eating. Cigna HealthCare, who sponsored the opening of the garden, hopes to sponsor at least one new school garden each year.” (Foodtank)