UW Project Boosts Health through Community Gardens in Navajo Nation

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Aims to Reduce Health Disparities in Two New Mexico Communities

A University of Washington School of Public Health collaboration in two Navajo Nation communities is inspiring families to grow and eat more fruit and vegetables – setting them on a path to better health.

The Yeego (Let’s go) Gardening! project features a series of collaborative studies. One of the recently completed studies developed community garden plots and workshops that teach basic cultivation techniques. The aim of that study was to boost health and wellness in two New Mexico communities – Crownpoint and Shiprock – with high rates of diabetes and low access to healthy foods.

“We’ve been able to show in the study that the gardens and gardening workshops help increase gardening among adults in the communities,” says India Ornelas, assistant professor of health services at the UW and an assistant member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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