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Non Profit Tries African Tree to Fight Obesity

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, October 14, 2011
The small town of Linda in Yuba County has a new community garden and some people there are hoping it and the almost-entirely-edible tree will help reverse an alarming trend of obesity.   
Greg Evans with Moringa Farms in Los Angeles is donating two thousand Moringa seeds and trees to the Harmony Health Center in Linda.

EVANS:  "Use them in salads, smoothie drinks and they continue to grow so it's just a continual bed of produce."

He donated the trees after being contacted by Jamie Ports… an Americorps Volunteer working to improve the area's nutrition.  65% of Yuba County's adults are obese.
PORTS: "Eventually, they could start growing it at their house, preparing it in their meals, and if we do nutrition training out of the café, they could start learning about it and hopefully become empowered to have healthier diets." 
 The Harmony Health Center's café will feature food that contains Moringa  leaves or bark.  If the café's new menu takes off, the center's director plans to offer more nutritional education and to turn the café into a community center. 
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