The Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association and Wegmans Food Markets team up

Announcing the second Teaching Garden at Cayuga Heights School

The Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association and Wegmans kick-off the sponsorship of the second American Heart Association Teaching Garden at Cayuga Heights Elementary School, 1780 Como Park Blvd., Depew, NY 14043, Tuesday, May 30th at 12 Noon. The Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association Teaching Garden is sponsored by Wegmans Food Markets, as part of an education initiative to help build healthy bodies and minds.

The Teaching Garden was created using American Heart Association science and nutrition guidelines coupled with information from gardening and education experts. The program combines nutrition education with garden based learning. It is a real-life laboratory where students learn how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce and ultimately understand the value of good eating habits.

“At Wegmans, we are committed to helping our customers and employees live healthier, better lives and that starts with our youngest customers. Children will learn about where their food comes from, the importance of healthy eating so that they create healthy habits that can last a lifetime,” said Michele Mehaffy, Buffalo Consumer Affairs Manager, Wegmans Food Market.

Numerous studies have shown that participation in school garden programs can have a positive impact on student’s attitudes toward fruits and vegetables. Cayuga Heights staff are excited to continue cultivating healthy kids, who have proven to perform higher.

“We at Cayuga Heights are thrilled to be partnering with the American Heart Association and Wegmans again. Our students take great pride in hard work and responsibility, and the teaching garden is a perfect platform for them to be actively involved in making our school a model for leadership,” says Patrick Uhteg, Leadership Coordinator of Cayuga Heights Elementary School.

Obesity is one of the most expensive health care problems in America. One third of U.S. children are overweight or obese putting them at higher risk of heart disease and stroke. “The Teaching Garden program promotes healthy eating education and increased fruit and vegetable intake among children. Studies show that healthy behavior positively impacts learning. And healthy students make better students, so we all win in our community,” says Jesse Ladoue, Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association Corporate Relations Director.

For more information on starting an American Heart Association Teaching Garden in your school, contact Jesse Ladoue at the Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association office #716-243-4607 or

About the Buffalo Niagara American Heart & Stroke Association
The American Heart & Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers in WNY. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved with the Buffalo Niagara affiliate, call 1-716-243-4602, visit the local website Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. #LifeisWhyBuffalo

About Wegmans

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 88-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.