Target Behavior: Healthy Eating
Intervention Type: Direct Education, PSE Change
Intervention Reach and Adoption
Age: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Race/Ethnicity: Native Americans/Alaska Natives, All
- Bearing Fruit: Farm to School Program Evaluation Resources and Recommendations (up to 2009) http://www.farmtoschool.org/resources-main/bearing-fruit-farm-to-school-program-evaluation-resources-and-recommendations;
- Evaluation for Transformation: A Cross-Sectoral Evaluation Framework for Farm to School (2014) http://www.farmtoschool.org/resources-main/evaluation-framework?A=SearchResult&SearchID=824324&ObjectID=4833719&ObjectType=35
- Summary of Benefits of Farm to School http://www.farmtoschool.org/resources-main/the-benefits-of-farm-to-school.
In short, benefits to students documented include:
- Improvement in early childhood and K-12 eating behaviors, including choosing healthier options in the cafeteria, consuming more fruits and vegetables through farm to school meals and at home (+0.99 to +1.3 servings/day); consuming less unhealthy foods and sodas; reducing screen time; and increasing physical activity;
- Increase in knowledge and awareness about gardening, agriculture, healthy eating, local foods and seasonality (in early childhood and K-12 settings);
- Demonstrated willingness to try new foods and healthier options (in early childhood and K-12 settings);
- Enhanced overall academic achievement in K-12 settings; provides children with an understanding of agriculture and the environment; and improvement in life skills, self-esteem, social skills and behavior. Other benefits are documented for school food service, teachers, parents, farmers, and community/local economy.
|Readiness and Capacity – Short Term (ST)||Changes – Medium Term (MT)||Effectiveness and Maintenance – Long Term (LT)||Population Results (R)|
|Sectors of Influence||MT8||LT15|