Evaluation of the Impact of School Garden Exposure on Youth Outlook and Behaviors toward Vegetables in Southern Arizona
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Arizona Prevent Res Ctr, Mel & Enid Zuckerman Coll Publ Hlth
child and adolescent health
health program evaluation
nutrition and diet
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CitationLohr, A. M., Henry, N., Roe, D., Rodriguez, C., Romero, R., & Ingram, M. (2020). Evaluation of the Impact of School Garden Exposure on Youth Outlook and Behaviors toward Vegetables in Southern Arizona. Journal of School Health.
JournalJOURNAL OF SCHOOL HEALTH
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AbstractBACKGROUND Our objective was to evaluate the effect of garden-based learning on outlook and behaviors toward vegetables among primarily Latinx students. An educational strategy, garden-based learning is a teaching tool that complements other disciplines. METHODS Third- and fourth-grade students at 4 elementary schools with different garden programs completed a bingo survey and participated in class discussions to measure outlook and behaviors toward vegetables. RESULTS Students in schools with more garden exposure were more likely to answer "Yes" to survey questions reflecting a positive attitude and behaviors toward vegetables. In class discussions, students most often mentioned vegetables grown in the school garden as their favorite vegetables. CONCLUSION For third- and fourth-grade students, the length of exposure to a school garden appears to have a positive impact on both perceptions of and desire to consume vegetables. Other studies have shown that positive outlook and behaviors toward vegetables can change vegetable consumption habits in children. Integrating garden-based learning into the school curriculum may positively influence eating behaviors over the long-term future.
Note12 Month Embargo; published online: 6 May 2020
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