Partnering to Cultivate 5 A Day via School Gardens

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2004-33610-14316
Agency Tracking Number: 2004-00325
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
14023 Denver W. Pkwy; Ste. 190, Golden, CO, 80401
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lee Stiffler-Meyer
 (720) 216-6680
Business Contact
 Mary Buller
Title: President
Phone: (720) 216-6672
Research Institution
Establishing healthy eating behaviors early in childhood can play a major role in delaying or preventing the onset of obesity and chronic disease in adulthood. The 5 A Day for Better Health Program offers unique opportunities to encourage children to consume 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Through partnerships with schools and local community groups, many channels to promote the 5 A Day message exist; however, attempts to change environmental factors such as access to vegetables and fruits, requires an innovative approach to intervention. School or school-based community gardening efforts have great potential to expose children to a wealth of opportunities for access, learning, and behavior change. In this Phase I project, Klein Buendel will partner with The Produce for Better Health Foundation, Slow Food USA, Cooperative Extension, school districts and teachers to determine the feasibility of developing a school gardening curriculum to increase physical activity for children and intake of 5 A Day foods for better health. Grow Your Way to 5 A Day will be designed with a theoretical framework to motivate fruit and vegetable consumption, meet national education standards, and be easily implementable by classroom teachers or community gardening groups through the elementary school environment.

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