Project EMMA

Project EMMA: Eat better, Move More and Age Well


exercisingProject EMMA provides nutrition education and locally grown food along with exercise programs to improve health in older adults. The project involves 5 county nutrition sites and Asheville Terrace Apartments, Battery Park and Vanderbilt as well as home food delivery program individuals. EMMA offers increased opportunities for healthy living – improving access to and increased consumption of fresh local foods and increased physical activity and overall mental well being through chair exercises and alternative therapy programs.

roof gardenIn partnership with Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) and the YWCA of Asheville, with funding from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, EMMA brings fresh food and highly skilled exercise instructors to all the Senior Dining Sites on a regular schedule. A rooftop garden at the Battery Park Apartments is tended by residents with help from students from local schools. The garden produces flowers and vegetables shared by all who participate. For more information about Project EMMA contact Nathan Johnson at or 828-252-7995.


Watch Project EMMA videos:

In the Beginning...A Documentary

EMMA...Moving Forward



The Rensselaerville Institute's Report on Project EMMA and the Key Findings

UNC Asheville's NC Center for Health and Wellness article Helping Ensure Healthy Living for Older Adults


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