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May 29th, 2014

Kida in Garden with mom

Are you looking for a fun activity that will get the whole family moving while at the same time teaching your children a lifelong healthy hobby? Grab your hat, a bag of top soil, and some seeds because we are going to dig right in!

Gardening engages a wide range of your children’s natural skill sets, including designing, responsibility, preparing food, and social awareness.  Multiple studies following grade school students have proven time and time again that gardening develops kid’s self-understanding, interpersonal relationship skills, and ability to work in groups. Kids who garden are also more likely to have positive bonding experiences with their parents and other adults as they learn the responsibility that comes along with caring for plants.

Beyond social skill development, gardening gets kids engaged in physical activity and learning about new foods. According to dozens of current studies, children who garden and grow their own food are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables and show higher levels of knowledge about nutrition. Eating fresh vegetables during childhood has been proven to predict a higher consumption of vegetables into adulthood. And we all know that increased fruit and vegetable consumption in adulthood has been associated with the prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.

-Molly Bray, RD, LDN

How to get started:

Join our Jewel Osco Wellness team at select locations for a complimentary planting event! Bring the kids and let them roll up their sleeves to plant their very own green bean seedling!

Friday May 30th:Garden Kit

122 N. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights (3:30pm-5:30pm)

Saturday May 31st:

440 E. Rand Rd., Arlington Heights (9:30am-11:00am)

423 E. Dundee Rd., Palatine (2:00pm-4:30pm)

Saturday June 7th:

45 S. Plum Grove Rd., Palatine (9-11 am)

1489 Palatine Rd., Hoffman Estates (12:30-2:30)

Saturday June 14th:

7342 West Foster Avenue, Chicago (9-11 am)

2501 W. Schaumburg Rd., Schaumburg (1-3 pm)

370 N. Des Plaines St., Chicago (11am-1pm)

1300 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville (12:30pm-2:30pm)

4 Responses to Kids in the Garden

  1. Elmos Woods 18/04/2015 at 1:20 pm

    It’s good to know your Kids gardening plans. Why are their no plans for your stores on the South and Southwest sides of Chicago? Shoppers are underserved in poor neighborhoods.

    • Customer Care 20/04/2015 at 2:17 pm

      Good morning, Elmos. We are excited about our kids gardening events as well! We are circling back with the department who is responsible for setting up these events to see if we can also expand the locations. We appreciate the feedback and will continue to host events at all 185 of our stores and their neighborhoods.

  2. Beth 02/04/2016 at 12:44 am

    Will you have planting event again this year. 2016. Please come to Bensenville, Il

    • Customer Support 03/04/2016 at 11:30 pm

      Beth, we will make our Marketing Department aware that you’d like to see this event again in the near future. Thanks for your time. -Julio

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