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Weiss Memorial Hospital Offers Uptown Elementary Students a Unique Opportunity Involving Urban Gardening on the First Day of Fall

Sep 20, 2010

Healthy eating is the focus of community Health for Life campaign

WHAT: Seventy-five students from Goudy Elementary School will visit Weiss Memorial Hospital’s rooftop garden, bee farm and Chicago’s Uptown Farmer’s Market for a colorful display of fall’s freshest food as autumn begins. The farmer’s market and rooftop garden opened this summer as part of the hospital’s Health for Life initiative, a campaign educating patients, employees and the community about healthy living. With good eating at the center of this effort, the hospital’s rooftop garden showcases fresh fruit, herbs and vegetables in an urban environment, illustrating how other city dwellers can grow their own crop of food. During the visit, two volunteer gardeners will engage students in activities focused on the basics of how to grow a garden in a container or yard. The children will leave today’s event with a better understanding of both the benefits of healthy eating and how gardening provides easy access to healthy ingredients.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Weiss Memorial Hospital
Roof of Parking Garage (east of the hospital, on Clarendon Avenue)
4646 N. Marine Drive
Chicago, IL 60640

VISUALS: Children interacting with a beekeeper while learning about the process of making honey; a colorful assortment of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs; expert urban gardeners sharing tips on how to grow produce in an urban landscape.

ON-SITE CONTACT: Catherine Gianaro, 773-564-7285