All Kinds of News for July 15, 2020
Trails Momentum, a leading adventure-based therapeutic program for young adults, offers cutting-edge nutrition and culinary education and experience while in an outdoor therapy environment. Trails Momentum takes healthy living practices and holistic therapy to the next level through culinary instruction, gardening lessons, and nutritional guidance. This summer, Trails Momentum is excited to announce a partnership with a local farm, Crab Creek Produce, to source local produce for their students and participate in a community service project to give back to the community.
“Our gardening program uses a lot of resources that we have available on-campus and in the local community -- including building rich soil out of compost, using our stream to water produce, reclaiming wood for raised garden beds, and mulching the garden with fallen pine needles,” explains Nutrition and Wellness Specialist Charlotte Christensen, MS. “We also support local businesses by using seeds and produce from local vendors as a way to build relationships within the community.”
On campus, Trails Momentum has three primary gardens where students get hands-on by weeding and watering the food they grow -- the Herb Garden, the Cowboy Garden, and the Keyhole Garden, where students experiment with permaculture techniques. There is also an educational garden utilized as a part of the Environmental Education program.
Healthy Living Seminars at Trails Momentum give students the tools that they need to make empowered decisions about their diet and lifestyle once they leave the program. This summer, these classes have been focused on gardening, food sources, and environmental consequences. Momentum's base camp model gives students a unique opportunity to utilize fresh ingredients more than many traditional wilderness therapy programs which tend to use more processed, packaged, and dehydrated foods.
Charlotte believes that ”as a mental health program, sourcing homegrown and local produce is key because mental health is not necessarily separate from physical health. It is important to support our student's brains and bodies with healthfully prepared, nutrient-dense foods packed with the micro and macronutrients supporting a balanced and fulfilling life in a sustainable way.”
Recently, graduates of the program put together a cookbook based on recipes learned during culinary skills classes as part of their Legacy Project.
“During our culinary lessons, we use every opportunity to create teachable moments. Culinary skills classes help students develop essential life skills and redefine the relationship that they have with food and their bodies” describes Charlotte. “We teach students how to prepare homestyle meals, like sloppy joe, spaghetti, and meatballs, and stir-frys, that are healthfully prepared from scratch in a way that these recipes and skills can be carried with them wherever their journey takes them”
Learn more about the life skills development at Trails Momentum.
Trails Momentum is an adventure-based outdoor program for young adults ages 18-25 who are struggling to launch themselves into adulthood. Students are guided on a journey of self-discovery where they develop self-concept and are empowered to make the transition into independence. Adventure programming, clinical services, family involvement, college coursework, and social skill development are seamlessly interwoven to maximize the transference of important life skills and address clinical and behavioral challenges.