DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Food and Nutrition Service
Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request--People's Garden Initiative Evaluation of Healthy Gardens Healthy Youth Project
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Title:Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth.
Form Number:Not Yet Assigned.
Expiration Date:Not Yet Determined.
Type of Request:New collection.
Abstract:The People's Garden Initiative Evaluation of Healthy Gardens Healthy Youth Project is authorized under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1769(g)(3)) and section 14222(b) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. The Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth project, part of the USDA's People's Garden program, was funded by FNS in April, 2011. Prior research has suggested that school gardens may contribute to increased fruit and vegetable consumption among youth. This study will evaluate the impact of those gardens and examine how school gardens along with garden curricula to link classrooms to gardens will affect diet outcomes among youth in under-resourced communities. At all participating schools, at least 50% of children qualify for Free or Reduced Price Meals (FRPM). Up to seventy schools in four states (AK, IA, NY, WA) will be partners in this study and will be randomly assigned to one of two conditions: (1) A treatment group of no more than 34 schools will receive the garden intervention and curricula in year 1; and (2) a waitlist control group of approximately 34 schools will receive gardens near the end of the project. Ineach school, 2nd and 4th and/or 5th grade classes will participate.
Affected Public:Individual/Household, State, Local and Tribal Government. The proposed data collection activities will require three types of respondent groups: individual students who participate in the study; parents or guardians who will be asked to complete some surveys; and school personnel including principals and teachers.
Estimated Number of Respondents:The total estimated number of sample members is 25,259 (only a portion of these individual will be recruited). This total includes 469 staff (approximately 7 staff members at each of the 67 schools (i.e.,principal, food service manager, physical education director, on average 268 teachers)); 5,360 youth (80 at each of the 67 schools); and 5,360 parents (80 at each of the 67 schools). Of the 5,360 youth, 2,680 will be in the intervention group; 2,680 in the control group. The total estimated number of children respondents to the survey is 4,824 (90% of 5360). The total of the estimated parent/guardian respondents is 3,216 (60% of 5360).
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