Smart Growth Vermont has also engaged youth in community planning and revitalization activities. From 2002 to 2004, Smart Growth Vermont partnered with Shelburne Farms’ Sustainable Schools Project on the Healthy Neighborhoods/ Healthy Kids program. Through this innovative program, we worked with 4th and 5th graders in the Burlington school district to draw connections between the design of their communities and impacts on their health. Shelburne Farms has integrated the project into their programs, and has published a Healthy Neighborhoods/Healthy Kids Handbook – a Vermont Education standards-based teachers guide for using this project in other Vermont schools.
The goals of HN/HK are to connect people with the natural and built environment in which they live, to improve the health and safety of neighborhoods, and to instill in participants the knowledge and experience that they can make a positive contribution to their own health and that of their community.
Portions of the Healthy Neighborhoods/Healthy Kids Handbook can be viewed below. If you would like to order a copy, please visit the Shelburne Farms Education Resources page of their website.
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