The Gillings Sustainable Agriculture Project: A Gillings Innovative Laboratory


Aim 3: Nutritional and Health Benefits
Children Cleaning Out a Garden Bed

Children Cleaning Out a Garden Bed

3A: Vegetable and Fruit Intake:

  • Principal Investigator of this project, Dr. Alice Ammerman, Ziya Gizlice, biostatistician at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and UNC nutrition doctoral student Allison Gustafson, collaborated to draft questions related to purchasing and consumption of local foods to add to the 2008 NC Child Health Assessment and Monitoring Program (CHAMP) survey. The survey was administered statewide (as part of the Behavior and Risk Factor Surveillance Survey BRFSS) to parents with children ages 3 to 17, and in 2008 had 2,898 respondents.
  • Survey questions addressed local food purchases and barriers to local food purchases along with a question about meal preparation skills.
  • Data collected seeks to identify the relationship between frequency of purchases of locally produced food and the consumption of fruits and vegetables.

 3B: Garden Curriculum in Schools:

  • A team of researchers led by Dr. Molly De Marco, researcher at The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and assisted by Carolyn Wait, UNC nutrition masters student, conducted pre- and post-surveys to children and their parents at Dillard Academy, a charter school that has a garden-based curriculum in Wayne County.
  • Surveys address how a school garden curriculum may impact children’s and their parents’ knowledge and attitudes about food.

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