Physical and Nutritional Wellness
Nutritional education and physical activity teach youth in the community the importance of eating well and being physically healthy. The nutritional program exposes youth to fruits and vegetables that they may not have experienced. In some of the communities served by Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services, Prevention Unit there is limited access to fresh produce. These communities have been identified and labeled as “Food Deserts.” Physical activities help the youth work off endorphins and provide an opportunity to participate in competitive healthy play.
According to the CDC, about one in five school-aged children (ages 6–19) has obesity. Children with obesity are at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions and diseases that impact physical health. Henrico’s Connect program at Coventry Gardens is dedicated to preventing and reducing the risk of childhood obesity. We’ve incorporated education on nutrition by collaborating with 4-H to teach the kids about healthy eating and exercise. At Connect, the kids have the opportunity to prepare healthy snacks, learn the different food groups, and even learn how to plant and grow their own vegetables and spices!