BCHD Volunteers Spruce Up School Gardens for LiveWell Kids Program

Alta Vista LWK Volunteers
Volunteers at Alta Vista Elementary School pose with Beach Cities Health District CEO Tom Bakaly (back row, left) and Alta Vista Principal Karin Sato (back row, 2nd from left) during the LiveWell Kids Garden Prep Day Wednesday. (Photo by Cassidy Roosen/BCHD)

On Wednesday, more than 70 volunteers tended to elementary school gardens in Redondo Beach for Beach Cities Health District’s (BCHD) LiveWell Kids Garden Prep Day.

This year, volunteers, parents and students worked in eight of BCHD’s LiveWell Kids gardens, a program that works to prevent childhood obesity through hands-on gardening and nutrition lessons. Volunteers planted and weeded to prepare the gardens for the upcoming school year.

“We’re in the business of producing the next generation of healthy students and we’re lucky we have an enthusiastic army of volunteers to help with this mission,” said Beach Cities Health District CEO Tom Bakaly. “Our programs wouldn’t be effective without the help of our community and we’re thankful for the overwhelming support we receive for our LiveWell Kids gardens and other programs.”

LiveWell Kids was created in 2005 in response to an alarmingly high rate of obesity at the time – more than one of every five Redondo Beach elementary school students was obese. Today, thanks to a steady diet of LiveWell Kids programming in Redondo Beach elementary schools, the obesity rate (grades K-5) is now 6.4 percent versus 18.5 percent nationally.

When school resumes, so will the regularly scheduled farm-to-table lessons, physical activity breaks and mindfulness practices delivered to more than 6,000 children by BCHD volunteers (in-person and virtually). Programming is implemented in partnership with Redondo Beach Unified and Hermosa Beach City School Districts. Manhattan Beach partners with local organization Growing Great for its nutrition program.

Volunteers worked at gardens at the following elementary schools:

  • Alta Vista
  • Beryl
  • Birney
  • Jefferson
  • Lincoln
  • Madison
  • Tulita
  • Washington

For more information on LiveWell Kids programming, visit bchd.org/livewellkids

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