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Dougherty Co.’s Community Gardening Program promotes a healthy lifestyle

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) — Dougherty County health officials are working to expand a gardening program that will immediately combat chronic disease.

The Southwest Georgia Public Health District wants more community involvement in the initiative.

The program is called Choose It! Try it! I like this!

It has been going on for three years and there are four gardens around the city. However, leaders want to reach more people.

This year they opened two new gardens for the intervention program. They are at the Dougherty County Health Department and the SOWEGA Council on Aging.

Every month, people can participate in harvesting and picking their own produce. Later, a cooking instructor cooks them and teaches the benefits of healthy eating.

“We certainly see a lot of disease. You know, heart disease, obesity, diabetes. And so just having access to fresh fruits and vegetables and not just having access to them, but having that education,” said Ebonee Kirkwood, chronic disease prevention program manager at the Southwest Georgia Health District.

Ebonee Kirkwood, program manager at Southwest Georgia Public Health District

This program is part of the SNAP Ed Community Garden Intervention Program. Their goal is to share how to prepare meals in a healthy and inexpensive way.

The next meeting will be on August 22 at the SOWEGA Council on Aging and will start at 10 a.m.

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