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Green Thumbs, Healthy Joints is a program that provides West Virginia organizations the opportunity to perform community service by making gardening accessible to West Virginians with arthritis.

Green Thumbs will provide qualifying groups with financial support up to $1000 to help cover material costs for construction of raised beds and/or other accessibility modifications for gardens at senior centers, public parks and other locations.

Green Thumbs will provide technical assistance and support for groups in identifying accessible gardening resources to meet the needs of their community.

With part of the grant award, recipients buy ergonomic tools that they can later use in outreach and educational efforts. Partnerships with other community groups are encouraged. Call 800-841-8436 or email greenthumbs@hsc.wvu.edu for more information on possible funding opportunities.

Did you know?

man working in a wheelchair-accesible garden (Source: "Burden of Arthritis in West Virginia," February 2006. West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health)

What makes a garden accessible?

Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome can create painful and frustrating limitations that affect active people of all ages. Ways to make gardening more accessible include: gardeners using accessible tools

Support for 'Green Thumbs, Healthy Joints' is made possible by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources' Osteoporosis and Arthritis Program, which is part of the Bureau for Public Health.

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