Target Behavior: Healthy Eating
Intervention Type: Direct Education
Intervention Reach and Adoption
Setting: Schools, School garden
Target Audience: Elementary School
Educator training for GHK is self-directed using materials available here: https://foodhero.org/growing-healthy-kids-full-curriculum. There are also several appendices that offer training for educators on various components of the program, including handwashing instructions, an educator’s guide to vegetable gardening, growing in containers, and instructions for constructing a PVC light rack.
Evidence-based Approach: Practice-Tested
|Readiness and Capacity – Short Term (ST)||Changes – Medium Term (MT)||Effectiveness and Maintenance – Long Term (LT)||Population Results (R)|
|Sectors of Influence|
- ST1: Positive preference for trying new vegetables
- MT1: Child’s mean score for “liking” 10 different vegetables
- MT1: Total number of fruits and vegetables that the child has eaten
- MT2: Having fruits and vegetables to eat at home
As part of the process evaluation SNAP-Ed nutrition educators completed lesson reflection surveys for each of the GHK lessons, providing comments and lesson ratings about the structure and design of the curriculum. Example Lesson Reflection Questionnaire can be found here:
Additionally, Oregon’s Food Hero social marketing campaign is embedded within GHK through use of Food Hero recipes in each lesson, and availability of other complementary garden-based resources can be found on the Food Hero website: https://foodhero.org/garden-tips.
Christine Mouzong and Lauren Tobey