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 150 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 during 2011.
Partners include the University District Development Corporation and the City of Little Rock. Funders have included the AARP, US Pizza, Apple Spice Junction restaurant, Deborah Cooper CPA, and the UDDC.