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When I was a child I learned about the healing power of a labyrinth.

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that represents wholeness. Its shape combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral, and it leads one to a path. The labyrinth looks like a maze but unlike a maze, it doesn’t have any dead-ends. One can never get lost but simply follow the path to the center and out again.

This past July, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) cut the ribbon on a Health and Wellness garden. The garden is located at the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric Care Center in West Philadelphia.

The Health and Wellness garden, built in the shape of a labyrinth required the work of hundreds of volunteers. The garden contains over 1,200 feet of raised plant beds including squash, kale, cucumbers, sweet peppers, and a variety of lettuces, tomatoes and Herbs. A purpose of the Health and Wellness garden is to serve as a resource for patient and community engagement programs. A huge benefit of the garden is that a portion of the produce will be donated to the Early Head Start program.

Enrollment in Early Head Start programs for children begins at age 6 weeks of birth and provides services to infants up to 2 years old. At around 9 months, babies enjoy soft to solid foods such as infant cereal, soft fruits and cooked vegetables.

Children who try and taste different varieties of food in their first year are more likely to eat a variety of foods as they grow

 

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