Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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CHAMP's Gardens

Champ's Gardens School and Community Program

Changing Habits Academically, Mentally, Physically, and Sustainably with Gardens

CHAMP's Gardens is a school and community-based program that works to build healthy school environments. This program supports healthy eating and active living among youth, their families, school staff, and the community.


  1. Create access to healthy foods.
  2. Help reduce chronic disease.
  3. Improve health, fitness, and quality of life through daily physical activity.

CHAMP'S Garden projects
CHAMP'S Gardens is about more than just gardens. The main focus of this project is to change the culture in Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to support health and wellness initiatives. This is accomplished by partnering school gardens with community education, physical activity, nutrition and teaching kitchens. Through systems, policy and environmental change, communities and schools will have the tools necessary to overcome barriers to living healthy lives.

School gardens
Our gardens are specifically designed for each school. Unique features work to engage students and teachers at each grade level as well as to maximize benefits for students physically, mentally, socially, and academically.

Teaching kitchens
The purpose of teaching kitchens is to increase awareness, knowledge, and consumption of locally-grown fruits and vegetables while providing the skills and tools needed to prepare healthy meals at home. Teaching Kitchens feature produce grown in the school garden, a nutrition lesson, a cooking lesson, taste-testing, and incentives for participation.

Nutrition education
While school gardens are a great way to connect students, staff, and community members back to their food, more needs to be done to instill lifelong healthy habits. Students are exposed to new concepts in healthy eating and challenged to think outside the box when it comes to their own food choices. CHAMP'S Gardens works with the school to create garden-related classroom curriculum. Staff members have the opportunity to bring in nutrition specialists who will inspire students to make changes in their own lives and empower them to help others make healthy changes.

Last Edited: June 14, 2016
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