High School Students Help Prepare Learning Garden

During the visit, from left, is Adrianna Navarro, Arisleidy Torres Vargas, Nina Regevik, M.D., Daniela Perez Nunez, Baneza Garcia, Hannah Cotayo, Culinary Instructor Stephen J. Moir, Anthony Chanez, Integrative Health & Medicine’s Sara Quiles and Izabelle Acevedo.

Middlesex County Vocational Schools Perth Amboy Campus Culinary Students Learn Value of Organic Produce 

Culinary students from Middlesex County Vocational Schools’ Perth Amboy Campus visited Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center-Perth Amboy in April. This was the first of five visits the students will make to help the medical center’s Integrative Health & Medicine team prepare Raritan Bay’s Learning Garden, and then plant produce, for the upcoming growing season.

The Learning Garden program, now in its fifth year, focuses on educating the community and Raritan Bay team members about the benefits of organic container gardening and the nutritional and medicinal value of fresh produce. Raritan Bay’s medical staff and select community partners fund the garden and Nina Regevik, M.D., ABIHM, medical director of Integrative Health & Medicine at Raritan Bay and Master Gardener Connie Elek provide education.

Community garden education sessions are held every Tuesday, 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. beginning May 14 through October. In addition, volunteers are needed to help maintain the Learning Garden.  Registration is required to attend sessions or volunteer.

A free Garden to Table seminar with presenter Meena Sinha, M.D., will be held Thursday, May 30, 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., at Raritan Bay Perth Amboy. Dr. Sinha will discuss the nutritional and medicinal value of ginger, giloy, turmeric and tulsi (holy basil). A cooking demonstration, using produce from the garden, will be provided and attendees will receive healthy recipes and free food samples.

To register for the Garden to Table seminar or education sessions, volunteer to assist with the garden or for more information, call 732-324-5257.

About Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center

For more than 100 years, Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center-Perth Amboy and Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge have provided a full continuum of health care services to residents of Central Jersey. Raritan Bay Medical Center is one of less than one percent of hospitals in the world to achieve Magnet Recognition, the “Gold Standard” for nursing practice, quality, and safety in patient care, four times.  U.S. News & World Report, ranked Raritan Bay Medical Center as the #10 best hospital in New Jersey and #20 in the New York Metro area in 2018, and as a high performer in Diabetes & Endocrinology, Nephrology, and Heart Failure treatment.

The medical center is a New Jersey state designated Primary Stroke Center and recipient of the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association’s 2018 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award, recognizing optimal treatment of stroke patients. Raritan Bay is also a recipient of the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the AHA’s Heart Check Mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers and the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award recognizing high-quality care of patients experiencing a severe heart attack.

The Joslin Diabetes Center, Affiliate at Raritan Bay-Old Bridge, provides the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as other metabolic and endocrine disorders. Among its flagship programs are the Human Motion Institute, a comprehensive orthopedic program, and Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay-Old Bridge and Center for Bariatric Surgery at Raritan Bay-Perth Amboy, both specializing in weight loss surgery. As part of Hackensack Meridian Health, one of New Jersey’s most comprehensive health networks, patients have access to advanced specialized services with a seamless continuum of care, close to home.

For more information, visit www.rbmc.org. To make an appointment for an outpatient test or treatment, call 732-324-5270. For a free physician referral, call 1-800-560-9990.

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