Edible Mountain seeks to improve outdoor environments to support the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of our youth. We know kids work best when they feel safe to create, innovate, and explore. That’s why it’s our mission to help local programs, organizations, and spaces align with an approach of evidence-based best practices facilitated by expert-led working groups.
Environments shape behaviors. When a community suffers from a lack of accessible, diverse, and engaging natural spaces, they also find themselves uninspired to prioritize their own physical health.
Our placed-based youth wellness initiative focuses on two goals:
Goal 1.) Improved physical health, as measured by metabolic health indicators.
Goal 2.) Improved mental health, as measured by increased resilience indicators.
We can achieve these goals by building and supporting a coalition of wellness committed to shaping healthy environments. Together we are creating beautiful and sustainable urban natural spaces for our East Wheeling youth and families to play, grow, and build a stronger sense of community.