Five young Spring City & Pottstown area youth traveled to Coatesville’s Brandywine Center on August 24th to take part in a University of Pennsylvania study on food and physical activity options in their communities. This study is looking at options available to African-American youth in Chester County; and is done under the supervision of Shiriki K. Kumanyika, Ph.D., M.P.H of the UPenn School of Medicine.

The five youth are all part of the Triskeles Food for Thought Program, which offers a comprehensive series of experiential activities educating youth on the growing, cooking, understanding and business aspects of healthy local food. The Chester County Department of Community Development, The Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation, and The Phoenixville Community Health Foundation all support Triskeles’ program bringing health awareness and job training to a large group of local youth.

While one group was doing the study, the other youth visited community gardens in Coatesville and made a short trip to Vollmecke Orchard and CSA to talk with owner Karen Vollmecke about aspects of her work there.