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Local Wellness Policy Strength and Perceived Implementation of School Nutrition Standards across Three States

Methods: Data collected from school districts in California, iowa, and Pennsylvania included district LWPs and online surveys at the district (n = 23) and school levels (n = 76). LWPs were scored using a standardized coding tool. binary and multinomial regres- sion models were used to examine the predictive ability of covariates and independent factors on perceived implementation of reim- bursable school meals and nutrition guidelines for competitive foods sold and offered

Multicultural School Gardens: Creating Engaging Garden Spaces in Learning about Language, Culture, and Environment

Children’s gardening programs have enjoyed increasing popularity in recent years. An Australian environmental education non-profit organization implemented a program, entitled Multicultural Schools Gardens, in disadvantaged (low-income) schools that used food gardening as a focus for implementing a culturally-focused environmental education program. While the program included the well documented educational, social, and health

Scientific Illustration in the Elementary School Classroom

Through a learning sequence they developed, Ferrer and Trumpey (1999) taught students how to observe subjects, how to take visual notes, how to discuss their observations with their peers, how to apply new knowledge to new drawings, and how to continuously assess their understanding of a subject. Ferrer and Trumpey (1999) measured learning gains using an assessment tool that was administered three times during the sequence and once after the sequence was completed. The fourth assessment was administered to determine how much information students retained one week later.

Changing Students' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavior in Relation to Food: An Evaluation of the School Lunch Initiative

The School Lunch Initiative is a comprehensive effort to integrate cooking and gardening education into the academic school day in Berkeley elementary and middle schools while revamping the school meal offerings and dining environment. The School Lunch Initiative is effective in increasing student nutrition knowledge, as well as preference for and consumption of healthy foods, particularly fruitss and vegetables among elementary school students. Students’ attitudes about the taste and health value of school lunch improved as the changes were put into place.

School Gardens: An Experiential Learning Approach for a Nutrition Education Program to Increase fruits and Vegetable Knowledge, Preference, and Consumption among Second-grade Students

Objective: To examine the effects of a school garden on children's fruits and vegetable knowledge, preference, and consumption.
Design: Self-report questionnaires, interview-style taste and rate items, lunchroom observations.
Setting: An elementary school.
Participants: Second-grade students.

The Effects of School Gardens on Students and Schools: Conceptualization and Considerations for Maximizing Healthy Development

There are thousands of school gardens in the United States, and there is anecdotal evidence that school garden programs can enhance students' learning in academic, social, and health-related domains. There has been little rigorous research, however, on the effects of school gardens or on the factors that promote the sustainability of these programs.

Interaction with Nature During the Middle Years: It’s Importance in Children’s Development and Nature’s Future.

This is an article focusing on children’s interaction with nature, not exclusively during the middle years. Numerous references.

The Effect of Project Green, an Interdisciplinary Garden Program, on the Environmental Attitudes of Students

Project GREEN, Garden Resources for Environmental Education Now, is a garden program designed to help teachers integrate environmental education into their classroom using a hands-on tool, "the garden." Students participating in the Project GREEN garden program had more positive environmental attitude scores than those students who did not participate. Second grade students, in both the experimental and control groups, had more positive environmental attitudes than fourth grade students.