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Littleton Regional Hospital 2nd Annual Community Garden

May 1, 2010

Want to plant a vegetable garden this year…but do not have the space?

Now that any threat of frost is behind us...community gardening spots are once again available at the Littleton Regional Hospital Community Garden for LRH staff and community members interested in planting and maintaining a garden. Garden spots available measure 20' by 10' and will be available to gardeners from after Memorial Day through October. Call LRH Community Garden leadership - Henri Wante at (603) 444-9261 now to reserve your space.

Littleton Regional Hospital wants to be a community leader in encouraging individuals and families to eat healthy. In the summer of 2006, the Foundation for Healthy Communities conducted chart reviews in 25 primary care physician practices across New Hampshire to document the prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity among children ages 6-12 years old. In total, 1453 medical records were reviewed, and the New Hampshire Childhood Obesity Report revealed that 32.8% of children in this age group were overweight or obese. The study found that there is an opportunity to improve prevention and treatment services for childhood overweight not only in pediatric and family health care practices, but also in NH communities. LRH hopes to encourage people of all ages to grow their own vegetables and be active at the same time.

LRH's culinary services team will utilize a portion of the garden space to grow fresh vegetables that will support area agencies that provide meals for senior citizens or those less fortunate. LRH is also seeking a youth group who might be interested in maintaining their own garden spot to teach children the benefits of gardening and eating healthy foods.

Please join us in thanking area businesses who supported this initiative with gifts of seeds, small hand tools, soil and other items needed to start a community garden including Walmart, Tractor Supply, Agway, and Lowe's.

For additional information about the LRH Community Garden or to volunteer in the Garden, please call Henri Wante at (603) 444-9261 or click here for more information.

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