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Impact of a school-based food garden on attitudes and identification skills regarding vegetables and fruit: a 12-month intervention trial.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18647431     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To determine changes in ability to identify specific vegetables and fruits, and attitudes towards vegetables and fruit, associated with the introduction of a school-based food garden. DESIGN: A 12-month intervention trial using a historical control (control n 132, intervention n 120), class-based, self-administered questionnaires requiring one-word answers and 3-point Likert scale responses. SETTING: A state primary school (grades 4 to 7) in a low socio-economic area of Brisbane, Australia. INTERVENTION: The introduction of a school-based food garden, including the funding of a teacher coordinator for 11 h/week to facilitate integration of garden activities into the curriculum. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Ability to identify a series of vegetables and fruits, attitudes towards vegetables and fruit. ANALYSIS: Frequency distributions for each item were generated and chi2 analyses were used to determine statistical significance. Exploratory factor analysis was employed to detect major trends in data. RESULTS: The intervention led to enhanced ability to identify individual vegetables and fruits, greater attention to origins of produce (garden-grown and fresh), changes to perceived consumption of vegetables and fruits, and enhanced confidence in preparing fruit and vegetable snacks, but decreased interest in trying new fruits. CONCLUSIONS: The introduction of this school-based food garden was associated with skill and attitudinal changes conducive to enhancing vegetable and fruit consumption. The ways in which such changes might impact on dietary behaviours and intake require further analysis.
Shawn Somerset; Katherine Markwell
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-07-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health nutrition     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1368-9800     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Nutr     Publication Date:  2009 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-21     Completed Date:  2009-03-17     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808463     Medline TA:  Public Health Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  214-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Public Health and Heart Foundation Research Centre, Griffith University, University Drive, Meadowbrook, Queensland 4131, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Agriculture / methods*
Chi-Square Distribution
Child Nutrition Sciences / education*
Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / physiology*
Factor Analysis, Statistical
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Social Class
Socioeconomic Factors

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