AstraZeneca is backing the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation as the first curriculum-integrated kitchen garden program model for Australian secondary schools.
The company is supporting the program through its Young Health Program. It is a global initiative focused on young people and programs that aim to prevent some of the most common non-communicable diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart and respiratory disease.
“It is AstraZeneca’s way to give back to the communities where we operate and is driven by our company’s purpose and values,” said country president Liz Chatwin.
“The Young Health Programme has a unique focus on young people and the primary prevention of non-communicable diseases by reducing the uptake of unhealthy behaviours.
“We are proud of launching our partnership with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation and bringing the Programme to secondary schools in Australia.”
Ms Chatwin joined Kitchen Garden Foundation CEO Rebecca Naylor during a recent visit to a long-term Kitchen Garden Program School in Melbourne.
“The new Secondary Schools Kitchen Garden Program to be developed through this project will be the first of its kind in Australia,” said Ms Naylor.
She said the secondary school program will help students learn positive food habits for life, through a hands-on food education program.
“The aim of pleasurable food education is to introduce children to the joys of growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh, seasonal delicious food.”
Ms Naylor added the secondary schools program model will extend and continue the learning of students who have taken part in a kitchen garden program in primary school.
“It will also expand the reach of pleasurable food education to students who didn’t have the opportunity to be part of a kitchen garden program at primary school,” she said.