Contact: Rose Getch
National Gardening Association
(800) 538-7476, ext. 129
South Burlington, VT (February 2, 2007) - The National Gardening Association is pleased to announce that Mike Metallo, President of the association, will be presenting at the Center for Disease Control's Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity's quarterly seminar series on Wednesday, Feb. 7.
Mr. Metallo will educate the division about the role school gardens have in combating childhood obesity and poor nutrition. "School gardening programs restore the connection between children and the environment by helping educators impart the value of a healthier, more active lifestyle," explains Mr. Metallo. "These same programs effectively address childhood obesity by educating youth about the benefits of exercise, eating nutritious fruits and vegetables, and making good personal health choices."
About the CDC's Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity
The CDC's Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity leads strategic public health efforts to prevent and control obesity, chronic disease, and other health conditions through regular physical activity and good nutrition. Their vision is that of a world where regular physical activity, good nutrition, and healthy weight are part of everyone's life.
About the National Gardening Association
For more than 30 years, the National Gardening Association (NGA) has been working to renew and sustain the essential connection between people, plants, and the environment. As a nonprofit leader in plant-based education, NGA's programs and initiatives highlight and support opportunities for learning in schools, communities, and backyards across the country. In addition, they focus on our other core areas: health and wellness, environmental stewardship, community development, and responsible home gardening. For more information, visit www.garden.org.