Feasibility of an experiential community garden and nutrition programme for youth living in public housing.

Auteur(s) :
Hill JL., Grier K., Reese F., Covington C., Bennette F., MacAuley L., Zoellner JM.
Date :
Fév, 2015
Source(s) :
Public health nutrition. # p
Adresse :
Department of Human Nutrition,Foods, and Exercise,Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University,Virginia Tech,Integrated Life Sciences Building 23,Room 1034 (0913),1981 Kraft Drive,Blacksburg,VA 24061,USA.

Sommaire de l'article

Few published community garden studies have focused on low socio-economic youth living in public housing or used a community-based participatory research approach in conjunction with youth-focused community garden programmes. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the feasibility (i.e. demand, acceptability, implementation and limited-effectiveness testing) of a 10-week experiential theory-based gardening and nutrition education programme targeting youth living in public housing.

In this mixed-methods feasibility study, demand and acceptability were measured using a combination of pre- and post-programme surveys and interviews. Implementation was measured via field notes and attendance. Limited-effectiveness was measured quantitatively using a pre-post design and repeated-measures ANOVA tests.

Two public housing sites in the Dan River Region of south central Virginia, USA.

Forty-three youth (primarily African American), twenty-five parents and two site leaders.

The positive demand and acceptability findings indicate the high potential of the programme to be used and be suitable for the youth, parents and site leaders. Field notes revealed numerous implementation facilitators and barriers. Youth weekly attendance averaged 4·6 of 10 sessions. Significant improvements (P<0·05) were found for some (e.g. fruit and vegetable asking self-efficacy, overall gardening knowledge, knowledge of MyPlate recommendations), but not all limited-effectiveness measures (e.g. willingness to try fruits and vegetables, fruit and vegetable eating self-efficacy).

This community-based participatory research study demonstrates numerous factors that supported and threatened the feasibility of a gardening and nutrition programme targeting youth in public housing. Lessons learned are being used to adapt and strengthen the programme for future efforts targeting fruit and vegetable behaviours.

Source : Pubmed