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Title:Eating from the Garden
Pub. date: 2010
Includes: 13 lessons, Fruit & Veggie Mania Game, color handouts, recipes,
Audience: Children
Language: English
Description:Using research-based information, "Eating from the Garden" is intended to teach children how to improve their eating habits. The curriculum encourages children to make healthier food choices and be physically active while promoting gardening knowledge and skills in participants.
Funding Source: Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Developer: Karen Elliott, MS; Lala Kumar, MS; Rachael McGinnis Millsap, BS; Bill McKelvey, BS; Molly Fusselman, BA
Organization: University of Missouri Extension
Phone: 1-888-515-0016
Length: 416 pages
Pilot Testing: Kansas City, MO area
Assessment instrument Used? yes
Use Restrictions: May not copy.
Reviewers Comments: Eating From the Garden is a classroom-style curriculum for 4th and 5th grade students, although it could be of interest to other children. The goal of the program is to help children increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables and to promote healthier food choices. Participants learn about gardening and engage in physical activity.

This program requires some previous nutrition and gardening knowledge from educators. A Pre and Post-Gardening Student Survey are included to measure knowledge and behavioral changes. The entire curriculum spans the course of one school year, however, each of the nutrition lessons could stand alone as an individual topic.

The program includes thirteen lessons, designed to take one hour, with additional activities for longer classes. Each lesson includes knowledge and behavioral objectives, a nutrition activity, a gardening activity, additional optional activities, handouts and a take-home newsletter. The lessons are designed to be taught every other week during the spring and fall and once a month during the winter, and usually require advanced preparation. Gardens are planned for both the fall and spring to correspond to school schedules. This program can be used anywhere in the country with timing depending on the climate and growing season for each area. A suggested timetable is included with the program, which requires about a four month growing period in the fall and about a two-month period in the spring.

Additional recipes which incorporate fresh fruits or vegetables are included with the program to provide during the lesson for the children to taste. Recipes include nutrition facts and number of servings. Some recipes require extra equipment and preparation time.

Each lesson also includes handouts and take-home newsletters. The newsletter provides a recipe for the children to make at home with their families. Nutrition information is not included. The program also includes a game “Fruit and Veggie Mania” for children.

Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: MU Extension
    Contact: George Laur
    Mail: 1-98 Agriculture Building
Columbia, MO 65211
    Order URL:Web Address
    Cost: 80.00 per curriculum
    Avail. in Qty: No

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