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Gardening and nutrition: A systems approach to an intervention and evaluation

Jones, Kelly Irene (2008) Gardening and nutrition: A systems approach to an intervention and evaluation. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh.

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    The overarching goals of this paper are to promote the use of gardens as a systems approach to education, and propose that they should be evaluated as such. Current literature shows the positive effect of gardening education on nutrition, including consumption of fruits and vegetables and nutrition knowledge. A wealth of anecdotal evidence reveals that gardening education programs affect multiple domains in the lives of participants. The first objective of this paper is to review gardening programs with nutrition education components in literature to understand the areas where these programs are already effective and what gaps still need to be filled. Another objective is to propose evaluative tools for an existing gardening program entitled "My Garden Vegetables" in Wilkinsburg, PA. These proposed tools will assess both nutrition education components of the program and components related to cooperation, sharing, and the environment. Such evaluations provide information that is vital for reshaping the goals and objectives of future programs. The proposed evaluation tools consist of a food frequency questionnaire, food preference questionnaire, nutrition knowledge game, focus group questions, interview questions, and observations. Once implemented, this evaluation has the potential to add valuable data to the relatively minimal body of research related to systems effects of gardening programs. The public health significance of this paper is that with childhood obesity on the rise, we have the opportunity to create lasting programs that not only influence nutrition knowledge but integrate that knowledge into a child's understanding of his or her role in changing the environment and developing cooperative networks.


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    Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
    ETD Committee:
    ETD Committee TypeCommittee MemberEmailORCID
    Committee ChairKeane, Christopher Rcrkcity@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberAbatamarco, Diane Jdja17@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberStrotmeyer, Elsa Sstrotmeyere@edc.pitt.edu
    Title: Gardening and nutrition: A systems approach to an intervention and evaluation
    Status: Unpublished
    Abstract: The overarching goals of this paper are to promote the use of gardens as a systems approach to education, and propose that they should be evaluated as such. Current literature shows the positive effect of gardening education on nutrition, including consumption of fruits and vegetables and nutrition knowledge. A wealth of anecdotal evidence reveals that gardening education programs affect multiple domains in the lives of participants. The first objective of this paper is to review gardening programs with nutrition education components in literature to understand the areas where these programs are already effective and what gaps still need to be filled. Another objective is to propose evaluative tools for an existing gardening program entitled "My Garden Vegetables" in Wilkinsburg, PA. These proposed tools will assess both nutrition education components of the program and components related to cooperation, sharing, and the environment. Such evaluations provide information that is vital for reshaping the goals and objectives of future programs. The proposed evaluation tools consist of a food frequency questionnaire, food preference questionnaire, nutrition knowledge game, focus group questions, interview questions, and observations. Once implemented, this evaluation has the potential to add valuable data to the relatively minimal body of research related to systems effects of gardening programs. The public health significance of this paper is that with childhood obesity on the rise, we have the opportunity to create lasting programs that not only influence nutrition knowledge but integrate that knowledge into a child's understanding of his or her role in changing the environment and developing cooperative networks.
    Date: 27 June 2008
    Date Type: Completion
    Defense Date: 16 April 2008
    Approval Date: 27 June 2008
    Submission Date: 09 April 2008
    Access Restriction: No restriction; The work is available for access worldwide immediately.
    Patent pending: No
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
    Refereed: Yes
    Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
    URN: etd-04092008-082741
    Uncontrolled Keywords: education; garden; systems; nutrition; evaluation; intervention
    Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 14:35
    Last Modified: 25 Apr 2012 14:10
    Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-04092008-082741/, etd-04092008-082741

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