NUIHC will plant native/indigenous plants such as sweetgrass, sage, arborvitae or flat cedar, juniper cedar, leadplant, milkweed and sunchokes; as well as vegetable garden plants in raised garden beds to teach participants how to plant, maintain and reap what they sow. NUIHC has a few raised garden beds but would add to the beds as a few of them are lower than is comfortable for many of the elders. Planting will begin in February by planting sweet and hot peppers and a couple varieties of lettuce in two mini-greenhouses which when he seedling are large they will be transferred into the raised garden beds.
NUIHC will contract with the owner of a yoga studio to come and teach the elders Tai Chi. The benefits of Tai Chi are greater aerobic capacity and muscle strength, enhanced flexibility, balance, and agility, reduced inflammation, lower blood pressure and improved heart health and fewer falls.
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