Community gardens provide low-income families with access to healthy local food.
In the Growing Healthy Kids pilot study, community gardens in Carrboro, NC, served as a vehicle to introduce young children to nutrition and healthy eating.
During the program (2008–2010), families and children participated in gardening work sessions, cooking and nutrition workshops, and social activities and events. Some 60 percent of the families were Latino.
In a survey, parents reported a 28 percent increase in fruit consumption and a 33 percent increase in vegetable consumption by their children. All the children with normal body mass indexes (BMIs) stayed normal and 17 percent of those overweight or obese improved their BMI classification.
- 1. An Introduction to Salud America!
- 2. Salud America! A National Research Network to Build the Field and Evidence to Prevent Latino Childhood Obesity
- 3. Salud Tiene Sabor
- 4. Growing Healthy Kids
- 5. Afterschool Program Participation, Youth Physical Fitness, and Overweight
- 6. Bridging Research and Policy to Address Childhood Obesity Among Border Hispanics
- 7. Combining Photovoice and Focus Groups
- 8. Latina Voices in Childhood Obesity
- 9. Latino Church Leaders' Perspectives on Childhood Obesity Prevention
- 10. Video Game-Based Exercise, Latino Children's Physical Health, and Academic Achievement
- 11. Latino Families, Primary Care, and Childhood Obesity
- 12. Summer and Follow-Up Interventions to Affect Adiposity with Mothers and Daughters
- 13. Food Purchasing Selection Among Low-Income, Spanish-Speaking Latinos
- 14. Obesity Among Latino Children Within a Migrant Farmworker Community
- 15. Exploring Potential Research Contributions to Policy
- 16. Seeking Environmental and Policy Solutions to Address Latino Childhood Obesity
- 17. Building Strategies and Leadership for Change
- 18. San Antonio as a Face of the Future