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Tulsa Health Department Hosts Master Gardener

‘Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right’ During National Nutrition Month

TULSA, OK – [March 13, 2014] – March is National Nutrition Month, so the Tulsa Health Department invites residents to attend a special presentation by a Tulsa Master Gardener to learn how to prepare a spring garden. The presentation will take place on Friday, March 14, at 2:30 p.m. at the North Regional Health and Wellness Center (NRHWC), 5636 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Tulsa Master Gardener Jackie Rago will give an informative presentation designed to teach anyone how to prep their garden for spring planting. A tour of the on-site NRHWC community garden will follow. The garden was planted last spring and has since yielded fresh, organic vegetables which are donated to local charities like the Carver Senior Center.

“‘Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right’ is the theme of National Nutrition Month this year.  Planning a spring garden with its wonderful colors, smells, and tastes is a great way to celebrate,” said Becky Porter, school health dietitian for the Tulsa Health Department. “It is our desire that the NRHWC community garden continues to unite our community of residents, community partners and employees while inspiring healthy living for everyone in the area.”

The NRHWC community garden consists of 24 raised beds, eight of which were constructed with assistance and materials from the Indian Health Care Resource Center. Remaining beds were funded by the Community Health Foundation. Tulsa Health Department staff installed and tend to the garden. Future plans for expansion are contingent upon grants and other funding sources to enable growth.

For more information about the NRHWC community garden, please contact 918-582-WELL (9355).

Tulsa Master Gardeners
Master Gardeners are a very active organization with approximately 380 members volunteering their time in several programs. These programs range from Tuesday Evening Classes at the Extension Office, programs in the elementary schools reaching over 12,000 students annually , community events and Tulsa Beautification program on Peoria, helping create gardens with Habitat for Humanity, programs in senior living communities, and public speaking engagements. For more information please visit

National Nutrition Month®
National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Registered Dietitian Day, also celebrated in March, increases awareness of registered dietitians as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and recognizes RDs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives. The 2014 National Nutrition Month theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.”

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