Friday, May 17, 2013

Impact of Garden-Based Youth Nutrition Intervention Programs: A Review (ROBINSON-O’BRIEN R, STORY M, HEIM S.)

Check out this easy read based on implementing a garden at a school (or within a community) and how integrating nutrition education will positively impact the health of kids.

Studies included children and adolescents around the United States and reviewed the impact of (garden-based) nutrition education. They examined fruit and/or vegetable intake, their willingness to taste the fruits
and vegetables, their own preferences for fruits and vegetables, and other nutrition-related outcomes.

  • 5 lessons took place on school grounds and were integrated into the school curriculum, 3 lessons were organized as part of an after-school program, and 3 lessons were conducted within the community.
  • 2 out of the 5 in-school lessons(studies) were effective in improving general nutrition knowledge, fruit and vegetable intake, and differentiating vegetables/fruits and their vitamins; 1 out of 3 of the after-school studies had an increase in vegetable intake; and 2 out of the 3 community studies showed an increase for fruit and vegetable intake and a willingness to eat more nutritious food. 

"Future research is needed to investigate whether garden-based nutrition-education programs positively impact dietary outcomes among youth. With high obesity rates among youth in the United States, it is imperative to investigate creative and effective healthful eating initiatives"

Pass this link to your friends, family, and local community gardens and start educating the younger generation!