LiveWell Kids Garden Education Program

Program Type: 
Garden Classrooms, Support Organization
Grade Level/Age Group: 
Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School, Adults/Professionals
Number of Individuals Program Serves: 
Year Founded: 
About the Program: 

LIveWell Kids was launched by Beach Cities Health District in response to a high childhood obesity rate in the district that it serves. Beach Cities Health District is a public agency that creates healthy services and programming for the residents of its district. The District's Garden Education Coordinator (me) trains volunteer garden docents to annually teach students 5 lessons that align with the Common Core State Standards in 9 schools. 

The mission of the LiveWell Kids program is (from our handbook):

To foster sound nutrition and good physical activity in children, youth and schools by having a high-quality, evidence-based program that is both interactive and educational and will expose kids to practices that lead to the development of life-long healthy habits which prevent obesity and increase participation in physical activity and mindfulness.

And the Vision Statement is (from our handbook):

For all kids to develop the lifelong habits necessary to promote health and learning

The core values of the Beach Cities Health District, which infuses all programming and services that it provides to the community:

Compassion, Integrity, Accountability, Excellence