Washington’s First Lady Trudi Inslee Joined the United Health Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation to Award 24 Garden Grants to Washington Schools

TACOMA, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Washington’s First Lady Trudi Inslee joined the United
Health Foundation
and Whole
Kids Foundation
for a grant presentation and roundtable discussion
at DeLong Elementary School in Tacoma today.

The United Health Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation announced 24
grants, totaling $48,000, to Washington schools to develop or expand
existing vegetable gardens or beehives, and provide educational
resources about agriculture, caring for the environment and maintaining
healthy lifestyles.

Grant Recipients Include:

Beach Elementary – Lummi Island

    Foundation for Sustainable Community – Everett

Boys & Girls Club of the Olympic Peninsula – Sequim

Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group – Belfair

Bryant Montessori – Tacoma

Master Gardener Foundation of Benton and Franklin Counties –

Centennial Middle School – Snohomish

Naturescaping – Brush Prairie

Chloe Clark Elementary – DuPont

NW Share – Issaquah

DeLong Elementary – Tacoma

Seattle Hill Elementary – Everett

Discovery Primary School – Milton

Tekoa Elementary School – Tekoa

Discovery School Garden – Everett

The Des Moines Area Food Bank – Des Moines

Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County – Everett

The Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater Seattle – Seattle

Eatonville School District – Eatonville

Hands-On Personal Empowerment – Shelton

Families Inspiring Leaders Academy – Tacoma

South King County Food Coalition – Des Moines

Fir Grove Children’s Center – Vancouver

Stevens Creek Elementary – Lake Stevens

“Magic happens when a child plants a seed that grows into something
natural and healthy to eat,” said Nona Evans, president and executive
director of Whole Kids Foundation. “These grants will help give many
children the opportunity to grow their own nutritious food, and this
experience will shape healthy eating choices for the rest of their

First Lady Trudi Inslee, Whole Kids Foundation’s Nona Evans,
UnitedHealthcare Pacific Northwest States CEO Claire Verity, and other
education and health care leaders hosted a discussion about health
challenges facing Washington communities, including food insecurity,
obesity and other social determinants of health, and possible local
solutions to address these challenges.

Studies show that school gardening, combined with a healthy lunch
program or nutrition education, encourages healthier food choices.
Children are also more likely to eat fruits and vegetables they have
grown themselves.

According to America’s
Health Rankings
, Washington youth rank 7th out of 50
states, with more than 30 percent of children ages 10-17 overweight or

“Food insecurity, including food deserts, obesity and diabetes are
serious health concerns that can be alleviated through better awareness
and familiarity with growing and preparing healthy meals,” said Verity.
“On behalf of the United Health Foundation, we are grateful for the
opportunity to support these organizations instilling healthy habits and
setting students on the path to success.”

About the United Health Foundation
collaboration with community partners, grants and outreach efforts, the
United Health Foundation works to improve our health system, build a
diverse and dynamic health workforce and enhance the well-being of local
communities. The United Health Foundation was established by
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private
foundation dedicated to improving health and health care. To date, the
United Health Foundation has committed $430 million to programs and
communities around the world. We invite you to learn more at www.unitedhealthgroup.com/SocialResponsibility.

About Whole Kids Foundation®
Kids Foundation, a Whole Foods Market foundation, is based in Austin,
Texas, and operates as an independent, nonprofit organization. By
empowering schools and inspiring families, the Foundation aims to help
children reach optimal health through the strength of a healthy body
fueled by nutritious food. For more information on the Foundation’s
programs, including school gardens, salad bars and nutrition education
for teachers, visit wholekidsfoundation.org.

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Lisa Contreras, 520-444-6600
Kids Foundation
Nona Evans, 512-289-9258


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