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Health Promot Pract. 2011 Jan;12(1):36-43. doi: 10.1177/1524839909349182. Epub 2009 Oct 21.

The effects of school garden experiences on middle school-aged students' knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors associated with vegetable consumption.

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Environment Program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.


This study describes the effects of garden-based education on children's vegetable consumption. As part of a pre-post panel study, 236 students complete the Garden Vegetable Frequency Questionnaire and 161 complete a taste test. Results indicate that school gardening may affect children's vegetable consumption, including improved recognition of, attitudes toward, preferences for, and willingness to taste vegetables. Gardening also increases the variety of vegetables eaten. Future research should explore whether effects persist over time and if and how changes in children's behavior affect the behavior of their caregivers. Implications of study findings for policy and practice are discussed. Suggestions for applying results to future health promotions are provided.

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