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Growing with gardens: rural nutrition inequity and the development of a gardening nutrition education program for children

Kupets, Hannah (2019) Growing with gardens: rural nutrition inequity and the development of a gardening nutrition education program for children. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Chronic diseases are a significant public health concern and disproportionately affect rural populations. Development and maintenance of a healthy, balanced diet throughout the lifespan plays an important role in preventing chronic disease. However, many rural populations are affected by a lack of access to nutritious, affordable food. This lack of access is compounded by various layers of inequity which contribute to poorer nutritional outcomes and higher rates of chronic disease. Factors such as economic stability, proximity of grocery stores, cultural practices, and the local food environment all impact the ability of rural individuals and families to access nutritious food. Recent research has attempted to further understand some of the unique characteristics of rural populations and how best to develop effective health interventions. Some interventions have focused on increasing nutrition knowledge and improved access among rural children in an attempt to build healthy habits. One of these interventions utilizes a gardening program coupled with a nutrition education program. Based on these types of interventions, this paper will seek to first provide an overview of rural nutrition inequities followed by an example of the development of a gardening and nutrition education program offered in a rural community setting. As a result, the aim of this paper is to highlight the public health significance of issues related to nutrition and access in rural communities, along with a proposed method of intervening on these health concerns.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kupets, Hannahhak100@pitt.eduhak100
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairEgan, Jamiejee48@pitt.edujee48UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberTrisha, Cousinstcousins@pitt.edutcousinsUNSPECIFIED
Date: 2019
Date Type: Submission
Number of Pages: 46
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2020 17:37
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2020 17:37


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