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Wellness Bulletin May 4, 2015
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May 4, 2015

Happy May,

Since the warm spring weather is prime gardening time, we decided to focus on the benefits of community gardens. Last Wednesday we had the privilege to have Beth Farrell, Thomasville Parks and Recreation, present our most recent webinar regarding community gardens. Last May, NCRPA partnered with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) foundation to provide Health Eating Equipment grants to park and recreation agencies across the state. Thomasville was one of the departments to receive funds for equipment to create a community garden at Memorial Park.

My most recent blog discusses the contributions and benefits that a community receives when establishing a community garden. Community gardens allow for access to healthy foods and even promote exercise. To read more please click the following link to my blog: you would more information in general regarding community gardens then please visit NCRPA’s Community Gardens page. To view Beth’s webinar presentation then please click the vimeo link:

Remember, teaching people about healthy eating is important, and only way to put knowledge into practice is to have access to healthy food. Community gardens are a great way to promote healthy eating and give your community a chance to connect with their neighbors and friends.

If you would like to share your community garden ideas or information, then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here:(,


Colleen Dougherty
Graduate Assistant,NC Recreation & Park Association
883 Washington St, Raleigh, NC27605

North Carolina Recreation and Park Association
883 Washington St, Raleigh, NC 27506


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