VALPARAISO | The group Change for the Better! and North Star Stone Inc. helped the residents of the Rittenhouse Senior Living community build raised planters for their vegetable garden.
The garden project began in May as the residents traveled to Windy Ridge Farms to plant a variety of seeds, including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and marigolds, in starter trays. These seedlings were later transferred into two raised planters.
The planters’ dimensions were specifically designed for the convenience of the seniors as they are easy to reach across and will not require any bending to harvest the vegetables.
Change for the Better! is a nonprofit entity that operates under the general guidelines of We Can!
A federal program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, We Can! is geared toward reducing childhood obesity by providing tips and resources to help adults and children make healthier food choices and increase physical activity.
Rittenhouse seniors continue to lead the way to a healthier lifestyle through daily exercise programs, healthy eating and the introduction of the new vegetable garden. The Change for the Better! program is a nationally recognized grassroots effort to use physical activity and food to nurture, educate and empower adults and young people in the fight against obesity.