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      Nursing Clinic Garden

      Widener Community Nursing Clinic Plants Seeds for Healthy Living in Chester

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      The Cityteam and Widener Community Nursing Clinic Garden

      For the third time since its establishment in 2011, the Widener Community Nursing Clinic was awarded a grant from the PNC Charitable Trust to implement educational community programs focusing on cardiovascular health.

      Focused on the promotion of heart-healthy living, the Widener Community Nursing Clinic used the $9,200 grant to put together a series of nutrition classes, exercise programs and smoking cessation sessions for residents of Cityteam, the Chester nonprofit that houses the clinic.

      Taking the nutrition lessons a step further, volunteers and Cityteam residents prepared and planted two large garden beds under the leadership of RitaAnn Robinson, a volunteer nurse practitioner at the Widener Community Nursing Clinic; alumnae of the School of Nursing; and Daniel Costa, mission program coordinator at Cityteam.

      "It's such a unique program because we were able to have support for the garden from residents of Cityteam," said Ellen Boyda, nursing clinic director. "They helped plant seeds from the very beginning, were able to care for the garden all summer and enjoy the produce as part of their own meals. This was truly the mission for the grant: to establish an educational plan to help the residents of Chester think more about healthy lifestyles and how they live and eat through real life."

      The Cityteam residents harvested a variety of vegetables and herbs, from eggplant and squash to basil and thyme.

      "This is just another example of a great partnership Cityteam has with the Widener Community Nursing Clinic," said Kwinn Tucker, director of Cityteam. "It's been a great value for our residents to be a part of this project from the beginning and to be able to work toward building a healthier lifestyle."


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