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April 1, 2010

Anna Boyd School project named to All-Health Team

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Anna Boyd L.I.N.K.S. Community Garden Club at Anna Boyd School has been named to the All-Health Team, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

“The Columbia Chapter of Links joined with Anna Boyd School in Richland County to create a community garden as a way to address childhood obesity and healthy eating,” said Joann Minder, All-Health Team program coordinator.

Minder said Clarence McNeil, a senior volunteer gardener, and Links member Irma Lowman teach the students how to prepare the soil, plan the seeds, and harvest the crop. The students research various plants and their nutritional value to choose appropriate plants for seasonal planting.

“The students were able to share some of the produce from their winter garden last year with the senior citizens in the neighborhood,” Minder said. “They also hope to share some with Harvest Hope from their spring garden this year.

“The students are sharing their knowledge with others and learning things that could impact their lives for generations to come,” she said. “Some of the students have started their own garden at home.”

For being named to the All-Health Team, the Anna Boyd School will receive $500 to expand its project, t-shirts and other All-Health Team items, recognition on the All-Health Team Web site and a television spot on WIS-TV in Columbia.

DHEC, WIS-TV, and BlueCross-BlueShield of South Carolina sponsor the All-Health Team. Each month, the partnership recognizes an individual or youth group promoting health in their community. For more information, visit the All-Health Team Web site, call Minder at (803) 545-4501, or e-mail her at:


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