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 gardens. The interviews completed with these educators reveal the valuable nature of
school gardens to educate through experiential learning and promote healthy lifestyles. With that, the conversation around health needs to remain culturally appropriate as well as accessible to all socioeconomic classes.

Read the article here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3158450/pdf/hmj7007_suppl1_0011.pdf

Share with us in the comments section below! What are your thoughts about and experiences with school gardening programs? What sort of evaluations are being completed to judge their efficacy?

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