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Wednesday, April 22 • 8:30am - 10:30am
Educational and Nutritional Impacts of School-Based Gardening Programs

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Unhealthy dietary habits in early childhood years tend to be maintained in adulthood, leading to potential health risks, such as obesity, high blood pressure, and other chronic life illnesses. Because these habits are formed at a young age, schools all across the United States are implementing school based gardening programs to help prevent the onset of chronic illnesses. These gardening programs have the potential to directly influence dietary and nutritional habits and informal and formal learning habits through interactive and hands-on environments. FEAST (Fast Easy Affordable Sustainable Tasty) is an Asheville school and community-based gardening program that promotes healthy eating and family nutrition through cooking classes and gardening experiences geared toward children of all ages. The main goal of this public service project was to show FEAST’s positive nutritional impacts on the students involved based on their collected survey data on dietary changes and overall experience. The final products of this public service project are a PowerPoint slide deck and narrative report of the findings based on organization and analysis of previously collected data from the program evaluations, as well as a revised program questionnaire for future use. These resources will be used to showcase the impacts of FEAST programs to potential donors and will be included in grant proposals so that this program can continue to teach children in the Asheville community about the food that they put in their bodies.

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Wednesday April 22, 2015 8:30am - 10:30am
Wilma Sherrill Center Concourse