Project EverGreen Focuses on Revitalizing Green Spaces to Fight Childhood Obesity

Project EverGreen is turning its attention to making more green spaces for kids to play.

Because childhood obesity has doubled and adolescence obesity has quadrupled in the past 30 years, Project Evergreen is making an effort to create more recreational green spaces for kids to play and exercise.

The organization has launched “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.” Initiative. The initiative is done in collaboration with the Sports Turf Managers Association and the Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance.

Studies have confirmed there is significant value in having children spend time outdoors playing, and Project EverGreen’s “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.” initiative was created to restore and revitalize green spaces for kids to play, exercise and connect including sports fields and parks.

The initiative has been launched in the organization’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio with the revitalization of a local soccer field, which is used by neighborhood youth and adult sports teams.

The project involves aerating, fertilizing and overseeding the playing surface, as well as removing rocks and bricks embedded in the soil. Local contractors, led by Weed Man Cleveland, will oversee the renovation work that also is scheduled for completion by early October.

Plans call for additional “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.” projects in select cities across the United States in 2015.

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