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Garden Program in Australia Shows Positive Health Behaviour Change

An evaluation of a national school garden program in Australia has shown impressive results, including actual health behaviour change in kids, their families and communities. Almost all teachers involved in the program believed it positively supported classroom learning. In addition, the results reaffirmed past research findings, showing students that were involved were more willing to try new foods, plant veggie gardens and cook at home. Furthermore, teachers observed improvements in teamwork skills, and parents reported that the program helped modify previous bullying behaviour and helped manage other difficult behaviours with their children.

The evaluation was initiated in June 2011 and included a comparison between 28 schools that offered the gardening program, with 14 schools that had not yet initiated the program. The target age group evaluated included children grades 3 to 6.

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program Evaluation: Final Report, is the final evaluation report by Heather Yeatman et al. for Centre of Health Service Department, Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong. The report was released in February 2013.

Check out the following link for a summary of the evaluation report.

 

Reference:
Yeatman H, Quinsey K, Dawber J, Nielsen W, Condon-Paoloni D, Eckermann S, Morris D,
Grootemaat P and Fildes D. Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program
Evaluation: Final Report. Centre for Health Service Development, Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong. February 2013.

 

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