Nutrition: Gardening Interventions to Increase Vegetable Consumption Among Children
Description of Resource:
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends school-based gardening interventions in combination with nutrition education. Evidence shows these interventions increase children’s vegetable consumption. Gardening interventions provide children with hands-on experience planting, growing, and harvesting fruits and vegetables, which may increase children’s willingness to consume fruits and vegetables. Interventions must include outside gardens, microfarms, container gardens, or other alternative gardening methods. They may also include nutrition education or a parental component. Interventions may be implemented in early care and education settings, schools, afterschool programs, or communities.