Hawai’i evaluates school gardens as an approach to curb childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is a significant problem in the United States, and school gardens have increased in popularity as part of the solution. The article, “Perceptions of Middle School Educators in Hawai‘i about School-based Gardening and Child Health,” by AT Ahmed et al., (2011) evaluates the perceived benefits that educators in Hawai’i have of school …

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Therapeutic gardens and the elderly

The review article, “What Is the Evidence to Support the Use of Therapeutic Gardens for the Elderly?” by MB Detweiler et al. (2012), takes a comprehensive view of the use of therapeutic gardens for the various ailments of our aging populations. This article goes through the history of horticultural therapy and outlines the many …

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Relating gardening and aesthetics for healthier communities

The article, “Connecting food environments and health through the relational nature of aesthetics: Gaining insight through the community gardening experience”, by J Hale et al. (2011), connects the idea of environmental aesthetics to how people interact with community gardens on every physical, social, and psychological level. This study used a qualitative approach to explore the …

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