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ERIC Number: ED540728
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-4
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Sprouting Healthy Kids Promotes Local Produce and Healthy Eating Behavior in Austin, Texas, Middle Schools: Promoting the Use of Local Produce and Healthy Eating Behavior in Austin City Schools. Program Results Report
Feiden, Karyn
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Sustainable Food Center, which promotes healthy food choices, partnered with six middle schools in Austin, Texas, to implement Sprouting Healthy Kids. The pilot project was designed to increase children's knowledge of the food system, their consumption of fruits and vegetables and their access to local farm produce. Most students at these schools come from economically disadvantaged families, and most are ethnic minorities. Key results include: (1) Participating schools devoted between eight and 24 class periods per semester to lessons on nutrition and food systems; (2) All participating schools created gardens, and 90 students participated in after-school programs involving the gardens; (3) School cafeterias at the six pilot schools incorporated fruits and vegetables from nearby farms into their menus an average of once a week; and (4) The center sponsored "meet the farmer" days, which coincided with vegetable sampling events at lunchtime. A bibliography is included.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Identifiers - Location: Texas