The Growing Healthy Communities Project serves University District residents by increasing their access to healthy foods and increased physical activity. Funded initially in 2011 by the Arkansas Center for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP), the GHC project has funded several activities including:
- Free garden training and free raised bed gardens for 30 UD families per year.
- Wellness screening for UD residents and one-year free admission to the UALR Fitness Center for UD residents who participate in the Wellness Fair.
- Healthy cooking class, “Cooking Rocks”, for children and parents of 10 UD families each year.
The GHC project was continued in 2012 and 2013 by the UALR Health Human Performance and Sport Management Department. Partners include the University District Development Corporation and the City of Little Rock. Funders include the AARP, US Pizza, Apple Spice Junction restaurant, Deborah Cooper CPA, and the UDDC.