Location: Delta Obesity Prevention ResearchTitle: School garden and farm to school research and development in Arkansas Author
Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/15/2011
Publication Date: 11/8/2011
Citation: English, E.S., Carberry, A.N., Weber, J.L. 2011. School garden and farm to school research and development in Arkansas [abstract]. Community Food Security Coalition's 15th Annual Conference. November 5-8, 2011, Oakland, California. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The Delta Garden Study (DGS), a cooperative agreement between Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, is a childhood obesity prevention research study examining the impact of a year-long school garden program on middle school students' fruit and vegetable intake and physical activity, school bonding, and academic achievement. The study is a quasi-experimental, nested, matched-pairs design utilizing 20 schools and approximately 4000 students in the Delta region of Arkansas. Though school garden programs are popular throughout the nation, very few have been designed and implemented as rigorous research studies. DGS staff will present the overall study design and timeline with a strong focus placed on the development and testing of the measurement tools used to document process and outcome indicators.