The Teaching Garden program

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The Teaching Garden program

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I co-founded the Teaching Garden Program in response to the incidents of childhood obesity; but as we started planting gardens across the country in these schools, we could see that this was often the only connection these kids had to the environment. So the magic of the garden, not only invested them in fruits and vegetables and wanting to eat better and to give them access to fruits and vegetables, but connected them to the environment. They understood that collecting energy from the sun and putting a seed into the ground, watering it and adding nutrients to the soil; together create food/energy. I think, as an Environmentalist, it got very frustrating sometimes understanding the whole big idea of climate changing and global warming and all that is going on. If you broke it down to the simple act of planting that seed, and understanding where energy comes from, what it is and what it takes to grow nutritious food; then you may understand a little better, the complex systems in our environment. That's just maybe the micro of the macro.

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Kelly Meyer, passionate environmentalist and co-founder of the Women's Cancer Research Fund, is an active leader among several national and local environmental organizations.  She currently co-chairs the Leadership Council for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and sits on the Board of Southern California’s, Heal the Bay.  Kelly is proud to have been a partner in the building of the first LEED Platinum home in California, Project7ten, which continues to be used to educate people on green building practices. Meyer was instrumental in the passage of the Environmental Education Initiative (EEI), a groundbreaking piece of legislation that requires environmental education in grades K-12 in all public schools in the state of California. She also completed a solar and wind energy project at her children’s public elementary school where the community experienced first hand, the concept of thinking globally while acting locally.  Most recently, she co-founded the Teaching Garden, which strives to eliminate childhood obesity by integrating good nutrition habits and fitness into schools. Now nationwide, it has been adopted by the American Heart Association as part of their prevention campaign. She was recently appointed by Secretary Solis to The Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training and Employer Outreach. Kelly is married to Ron Meyer, President and COO of Universal Studios. They have two children and live in Malibu, where she enjoys hiking, surfing and stand up paddling.

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