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Gordon's Garden

"South Carolina is the eighth most obese state in the country — 30.9 percent of adults are obese, and the combined obesity/overweight is a staggering 67 percent".

“Gordon Goes Back to Eden” is a partnership between the Auntie Karen Foundation Gordon’s Garden Program and Ed Brogdon’s Back to Eden Project.  The purpose of the partnership is to design and create raised bed gardens as a means to promote healthier living.


For more info:

Call: Joan Mobley at 803-553-9800

Ed Brogdon at 803-465-0117

Why Gordon's Garden?

The number one cause of death in South Carolina is not car accidents, cancer or heart attacks. The supreme source of fatality in the state is obesity, and it’s growing every year into a greater and greater problem that affects children.


According to the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity’s 2010 report, obesity is a risk factor for the top four causes of death in America, and the childhood obesity epidemic in America is considered a national health crisis worse than that of polio in the 1940s and 1950s. Today’s youth are on course to being the first generation of Americans to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents. Unlike polio, there is no single cure for obesity, as it is a multifaceted and complicated problem.


“Overweight” is defined as a Body Mass Index (BMI) score of above 25, or above the 85th percentile and lower than the 95th percentile for children of the same age and sex. “Obesity” is defined as a BMI score of above 30, or above the 95th percentile for children of the same age and sex.


Clay, Margaret. "Childhood Obesity." - Columbia-Metro. N.p., May-June 2013. Web. 03 Sept. 2013.


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Contact Information:

PO Box 602

Columbia, SC  29202


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