Addressing obesity by bringing the farm to school

Given the burden of childhood obesity nationally in the U.S., this presentation focuses on the opportunity of integrating locally grown fruits and vegetables as part of a school “farmers market”  into  an elementary school in CT. Please click the below link to view the presentation.

Andrea Gibson

PUBH 8165-3, Environmental Health, Walden University

App9Gibson Final


4 Responses

  1. Obesity statistics in CT are frightening, particularly in children (our future). As a parent and coach I see obese children all too often and wonder what they are learning at home and school that allows then to ingnore their condition. The math is simple…calories in, calories out. The idea of educating children at school and then offering better choices is a no brainer. Such fundamental learnings could actually resolve our health care crisis in the decades to come.

  2. I’m chocked to hear that the procent of the fat people, or how you can call it is so big. I’m from Sweden and the procent there is also starting to get bigger and I think this is a huge problem all over the world and to do something about it is imoprtant. Some schools in Sweden have a goal to have a “health” project witch means that they just try to eat healty food with a lot of vegitibals and fruits, brown pasta, brown bread and at least be outside 2-3 hours each day and have a lot of physical activity. We have to try to teach ours kids when they are young because they are our future!

  3. As a retired curriculum director, I naturally put on my educator’s hat when reading the obesity intervention information. In fact, this presentation would make an excellent PTA program for introducing the “local farm” idea to parents. The proposed intervention is inexpensive, promotes parental and community involvement and is easily implemented within the school setting.

    Use of educational research on the conseqences of childhood obesity may be helpful in emphasizing the need for intervention. The emotional/social implications of childhood obesity are significant and definitely impact school performance.

    I was particularly interested in the determinants identified for fruit and vegetable consumption. As a 30 year veteran of school nutritional programs, taste preference is the least addressed and the most child-centered determinant.

  4. Very good presention Andrea. This information is most helpful to me as my own daughter is slightly overweight. I have just begun to try to turn things around as far as the consumption of the foods that she eats. This information will be very useful. Thank you. Nekiya Brown

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: