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    How Was This Idea Developed?

    Altus Public Schools received a $30,000 TSET Healthy Schools Incentive Grant and used some of the funding to purchase hydroponic grow towers for their schools. Sabina Garrett (pictured above in blue), the Child Nutrition Director, was the grant writer and moving force for the policy progression. The HLP Southern Oklahoma Community Action Group laid the ground work with Altus.

    What Outcomes Have Been Achieved?

    Students and staff are excited about Altus Public Schools being awarded the funding for this project. The three systems provide opportunities for student and staff enrichment as well as use of the products in mobile meal deliveries. The high school agriculture department has a similar grow tower and described experimentation that can occur at the different levels using the system. Teachers have shown enthusiasm for the project and are eager to utilize the equipment into next school year.

    See the Hydroponic Grow Towers in Action!

    This video shows how the superintendent and various staff members are using the grow towers for the middle school and high school.

    Questions?

    To learn more about this community effort, or to get involved, contact:

    Shaundra Covey, Healthy Living Coordinator with Southwest Oklahoma Action Group, Healthy Living Program

    Phone: 580-380-4231

    E-mail: shaundra.covey@socag.org

    or Sabina Garrett, Child Nutrition Program Director for Altus Public Schools

    E-mail: sgarrett@altusps.com

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    A small cohort of OK In the Know members participated in a 6-part pilot series of online “Learning Lab” meetings with the goal of advancing community-based solutions to increase access to healthy food options. This relates to the TSET Healthy Living Program’s G3 outcome, “Adopt and implement an action-oriented healthy food retail resolution to improve food access by making it easier for residents to find, afford, choose, and use healthy food.”

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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released “BAM! Body and Mind“. This exciting resource is dedicated entirely to classroom resources for teachers, The page contains a variety of information and resources for teachers of grades 4-8 to use in the classroom and help students make healthier lifestyle choices.

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    Increasing a community’s access to fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods is an essential way to lower rates of obesity and improve wellness at a wider level. But obstacles that create and perpetuate food deserts can make it difficult for TSET Healthy Living Program grantees and other concerned citizens who are working to make healthy foods more accessible for everyone.

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    SNAP-Ed teaches people to shop for and cook healthy meals. SNAP-Ed can help people learn how to make their SNAP dollars stretch. SNAP-Ed works with partners to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

    The SNAP-Ed Toolkit is a collection of evidence-based interventions. You can search through the different categories and filters to find what you need. This toolkit helps SNAP-Ed Implementing Agencies across the country find evidence-based interventions and explore the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework in order to strengthen our impact on our goal to help SNAP-eligible households make healthy eating and physical activity choices on a limited budget.

    The SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework and Interpretive Guide is also available on the SNAP-Ed Toolkit site.

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