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Youth Health Board digs in at Beardsley Community Farm

News Image Youth Health Board members, from left, Neil Patel, Lauren Beeler, Ashley Shaw, Dillon Smith, Sydney Lam, Cody Hastings, Katie Testament, Emma Talley, Nick Allen, Kierra Turner, Grace Baek, Tatum Magill, Caroline Bradley and Silvia Iradukunda are all smiles after spending the morning volunteering at Beardsley Community Farm, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.

Fourteen Youth Health Board (YHB) members spent the morning digging, weeding, watering and planting at Beardsley Community Farm on Saturday, Sept. 7. Designed to teach the students about the importance of urban gardening as well as how local, healthy and affordable food is produced, the coordinated volunteer outing is the first of several educational activities planned for this year's YHB.

"The students gained an understanding of the importance of sustainable urban gardening and the positive impact it has on food deserts," said Brook Bock, Knox County Health Department (KCHD) health educator and Youth Health Board co-facilitator. "They truly enjoyed their time at Beardsley Community Farm, and many were asking when they could volunteer there again."

Upcoming YHB events include: participation in the Market Square Farmer's Market and serving as co-presenters of KCHD's Youth Risk Behavior Survey data release at Gresham Middle School.

A collaborative effort between KCHD and Coordinated School Health, the YHB serves as a forum for youth to affect the wellbeing of our community through programs, volunteer activities and health-related projects. This youth-driven group provides opportunities for students to partner with health professionals from KCHD and other community groups to explore and take action on a variety of health issues. The members are selected from an applicant pool of high school students who demonstrate strong leadership skills, a commitment to the community and an interest in health-related topics.

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140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917
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Knoxville, TN 37918
865-215-5500

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Closed:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
(daily for lunch)

All KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning on the first Wednesday of every month for staff in-service. The main location, 140 Dameron Ave., opens at 10 a.m. The Teague, 405 Dante Rd., and West, 1028 Old Cedar Bluff, locations open at 10:30 a.m.

1028 Old Cedar Bluff
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-215-5950

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8:00 am - 4:30 pm

All KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning on the first Wednesday of every month for staff in-service. The main location, 140 Dameron Ave., opens at 10 a.m. The Teague, 405 Dante Rd., and West, 1028 Old Cedar Bluff, locations open at 10:30 a.m.

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