Nutrition and exercise are of paramount concern in any community seeking to improve the health and happiness of its residents. Peacework medical projects offer assistance to local health professionals in treating a myriad of illnesses, but oftentimes, the root causes of illness stem from malnutrition and lack of healthy exercise. School gardens and playgrounds offer an opportunity to learn, grow, eat, play, and even generate income for improved health of school children, teachers, and their families.
Many students currently do not get enough food to stay healthy and alert for school. School gardens offer support to the school’s feeding program while also offering an incredible opportunity for teachers and students to explore topics related to math, science, literacy and many other subject areas outside of the classroom. When managed effectively, school gardens may provide income to cover basic needs like books, paper, pencils, and supplies.
Exercise, Health, Social Skills, and Fun!
Children around the world, no matter their background, language, or culture, all understand one thing… PLAY! On the playground, kids learn to interact with one another, they learn friendly competition, they learn to be creative, and they learn to enjoy healthy exercise. Community leaders and school teachers understand the need for children to have an outlet for their energy and a safe place to congregate together.