School Gardens and Physical Activity
Piggy-backing on a U.S. Department of Agriculture study examining the influence of school gardens's effect on diet, this project leverages existing resources to examine the effects of school gardens on physical activity for 4th - 5th grade students in low-income New York City schools. The project aims to examine if school gardens have an effect on physical activity during the school day, if the gardens lead children to spend more time outside during their time at school, and determine if there are carry-over effects of gardening from school to home. Data will be collected pre- and post-installation of school gardens. Student physical activity levels will be measured using self-report questionnaire, accelerometer, and direct observation. More information on this project can be found here.
March 20, 2014 press release: School Gardens Grow Kids' Physical Activity Levels
March 20, 2014 reserch brief: School Gardens Promote Children's Physcial Activity
March 20, 2014 reserch brief: Children Move More and Sit Less During an Outdoor Garden Lesson, Compared to Indoor Classroom Lesson
STAY UP TO DATE
Infographic shows solutions to increase physical activity and improve health through...