Seniors Living Green
Just as strong roots make healthy plants, the strong roots of our history makes our lives enjoyable, healthy, and vigorous.
When shopping at the grocery store today, we don’t even blink at the sight of strawberries in the winter, or squash, or even tomatoes for that matter. In the space of a generation we’ve become use to eating foods that are trucked in, rather than grown locally. How has this practice affected our health, our neighborhoods, and our environment?
Eating home-grown foods, or local and organic produce, can be healthier for us, better for the environment (no trucking), and supports our localeconomy.
As part of Bon Secours’ commitment to Hampton Roads, Senior Health has teamed up with Humana Marketpoint, the Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension Program, and Designed For Life – along with a variety of otherlocal organizations – to begin “building a healthier community.” Our initial Healthy Community project is the construction of a greenhouse and garden at Province Place of Maryview Assisted Living Community in Portsmouth.
Gardening is an enjoyable pastime and an excellent form of exercise that helps to improve mobility, flexibility, and the use of motor skills. The greenhouse project will provide a therapeutic way for the residents of Province Place to stay active and productive by growing and harvesting vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Seeds will be started in the wheelchair accessible greenhouse during the winter. The young plants will be moved to a shade house and garden (including raised garden beds) in the spring. The “fruits of their labors” will be used to decorate the facility and in food preparation.
Eat healthy, stay active, and love your environment through gardening.