Live Well Black Hills partners with child care centers for gardens project

Live Well Black Hills creates initiatives, like the community gardens that are popping up around town and this year their focus is on child care centers.

BLACK HILLS, S.D. — Live Well Black Hills is a non profit organization with a mission to bring health and wellness out into the community, with a goal of being the healthiest area in the nation.

Garden at Club for Boys, courtesy Facebook

Garden at Club for Boys, courtesy Facebook

LWBH creates initiatives, like the community gardens that are popping up around town and this year their focus is on child care centers.

Four child care centers including, Leap to Learn Educational Childcare, Club for Boys, YMCA, and Divine Shepherd Early Childhood Center in Black Hawk are participating in the Child Care Gardens Project.

The gardens can grow vegetables, herbs, or flowers. The children benefit from the gardens by introducing them to new skills and the enjoyment of eating fresh grown food. They will eventually add in the help of Master Gardeners to help teach the children.

Garden at Divine Shepherd Early Childhood Center, Courtesy Facebook

Garden at Divine Shepherd Early Childhood Center, Courtesy Facebook

Deanna Becket, LWBH Community Based Associate, says, “It’s actually them [the centers] doing the work and then tracking the produce with the kids during harvest time. Harvest can be mid summer all the way through to the fall so it’s exciting to see all the smiling faces, in just the building [of the gardens].”

LWBH has had to cancel many outreach events due to COVID-19, but their other initiatives include worksite wellness and blood pressure screenings at businesses.

Live Well Black Hills, courtesy Facebook

Live Well Black Hills, courtesy Facebook

Contact Deanna Becket at 605-719-5084 or visit their website to learn more about how Healthy HometownSM Powered by Wellmark is working with the Black Hills to make the healthy choice easier for residents.

You can also find and follow updates from the Black Hills by searching for Live Well Black Hills on Facebook.

Materials for building garden at DSECC, courtesy Facebook

Materials for building garden at DSECC, courtesy Facebook

 

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