Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Eat good food

Like First Lady Michelle Obama, Elaine Jones (second from left in photo) has started a community garden to teach others about the benefits of fresh, locally grown produce.

Jones, a dietitian at Carolinas Medical Center-University, was joined by other hospital officials Wednesday at the groundbreaking of a 500-square-foot garden that will feature raised vegetable beds, fruit trees and a composting area.

(In the photo, Dr. Michael Zgoda, a specialist in critical care, pulmonary and sleep medicine, is at the left and Bill Leonard, president of CMC-University is at right.)

Local businesses are assisting hospital staff and volunteers in building the garden, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of June. It will also have a large cedar pergola, benches and dining tables for use by patients, visitors and staff. The garden is the first of its kind for a Carolinas HealthCare System hospital.

“We see the garden as an extension of our outreach to the community and a way to teach healthy habits to both children and adults,” Jones said.

Funding was provided by Morrison Healthcare Food Service, Carolinas HealthCare Foundation, LiveWELL Carolinas!

Cole Jenest & Stone, Metrolina Landscapes, Blue Max Materials, Carmichael Fence and King’s Greenhouse donated labor and materials.