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Coming soon, St. Anthony North Health Campus is opening a community garden. The mission of our community garden is to create a sustainable place where community members, patients and associates may congregate in a holistic, healing environment to locally grow and harvest nutritious foods. Our community garden will help to foster an appreciation for healthy lifestyles, promote wellness-based community partnerships and support specialized education.
We are committed to creating a healthy environment where our patients, families, community members and associates can be active. Despite the well-known benefits of physical activity, only 25% of American adults engage in the recommended levels of physical activity, and 29% engage in no leisure time physical activity. Strong evidence shows that when people have access to parks and gardens, they improve their overall physical and psychological health.
The mission of St. Anthony North Health Campus, part of Centura Health, is to extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and by nurturing the health of the people in our communities. Our Community Garden enables us to customize care around the second half of our mission; nurturing the health of the people in our communities, by engaging people outside the four walls of our hospital. We will extend our knowledge of health and nutrition by growing our own fresh produce and sharing it with patients, associates and community members.
The Community Garden at St. Anthony North Health Campus will be a robust hub of health, wellness and nutrition.
Features available in our garden include:
In 2015, St. Anthony North Health Campus commissioned artist Barry Rose to design and work with community organizations to create a large, freestanding tile mural to serve as the centerpiece of the health campus’ community garden, opening spring 2017. The health campus wanted to create a
community art project to serve as a tribute to the people St. Anthony North Health Campus serves.
The final phase of St. Anthony North Health Campus’ large-scale community art project is being completed by local artist Barry Rose with the installation of 300 hand-painted tiles created by 150 volunteers from Westminster community groups. Entitled “The Four Seasons,” the four-sided
sculptural mural measures 9’ high x 5’ wide, and has an opening in the center where people can walk through. It will serve as the centerpiece of the health campus’ community garden, opening spring 2017, where community members can grow their own produce.
St. Anthony North Health Campus partnered with nine local community groups to create the project. Volunteers from each group spent two sessions with Rose. The first was to learn how to paint with glaze and to design a practice tile. In the second session, volunteers created their
permanent tiles now being installed on the structural mural. All tiles were fired at 2,150 degrees Fahrenheit by Rose in his kiln. “This structural mural is a gateway to reflection for hospital patients, visitors and staff and uses Colorado’s seasons as a symbol of life’s transitions,” said Rose. Rose’s works
can be seen at the Denver Library, Denver Aquarium and Coors Field.
Stay tuned for details about how the garden will work, expert guidance and planting tips and more. "Like" St. Anthony North Health Campus on Facebook to get the most recent garden updates!
If you are interested in getting involved with our garden, please contact:Angela Mariotti RDN, CDEProgram Coordinator, Outpatient EducationPhone: 720-627-3901AngelaMariotti@centura.org
Our Community Garden is made 100 percent possible through the efforts of donations and community grants. If you would like to support our Community Garden, please visit the St. Anthony North Health Foundation to learn more.
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