Obesity in Milwaukee

The numbers aren’t great, with 37.2 percent of Milwaukee residents considered obese in 2014. That’s up 8 percent from 2011, according to research from the Public Policy Forum, spearheaded by Chris Spahr, the Forum’s 2015-2016 Norman N. Gill Civic Engagement Fellow.

On Friday, July 15, 2016, the Milwaukee Center for Independence hosted the Forward Forum to bring an inspiring mix of organizations together to react to Spahr’s research. Participants had the opportunity to discuss existing roadblocks as well as solutions to address obesity—specifically childhood obesity. Among …

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Champions for School Gardens

Everyone Can Help!

Kids at the Neighborhood House Garden water endangered vegetables from the Ark of Taste catalog.

Consumption of vegetables by children has declined over the last decade. Between 2007 and 2010, 90 percent of children ages 2 to 18 did not eat the recommended amount of veggies. Today, one in six children are considered obese, with food environments, food marketing, and education cited as contributing factors.

Now for some good news: School gardens and farm-to-school efforts are on the rise. Between 2006 and 2012, there …

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Volunteer Opportunities!

Volunteer Opportunities!

Bay View Plant Sale

We’re looking for volunteers to help us at the Bay View Plant Sale on Saturday, May 31st. The sale goes from 7:00-1:00 we need volunteers to sign up for a shift either 7 am to 9 am, 9 am to 11 am or 11 am to 1 pm. We’re looking for two people at the booth for each shift. Email Morgan if you’re interested: morgan8908@gmail.com

VGI Blitz

We are also looking for volunteers to make deliveries of Ark of Taste Veggies to people who purchase a …

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