Can a community-based intervention improve the home food environment? parental perspectives of the influence of the delicious and nutritious garden

J Nutr Educ Behav. Mar-Apr 2011;43(2):130-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2010.01.003. Epub 2011 Jan 26.


Objective: To examine changes in parental report of the home food environment during the course of a garden-based fruit and vegetable (FV) intervention for grade school children.

Methods: Self-administered pre-post surveys were completed by parents/caregivers (n = 83). Main outcome measures included: child asking behavior, FV availability/accessibility, parental encouragement, and value of FV consumption.

Results: Process evaluation results indicate children shared their garden experiences at home, and as a result, the children's home food environment became increasingly supportive of FV consumption. Parents reported an increase (P < .01) in the frequency that their child asked for FVs. Parental value for FV consumption also improved (P < .01), as did home availability of fruit (P < .05), vegetables (P < .001), and parental encouragement of FVs (P = .06).

Conclusions and implications: Community-based interventions that provide activities to engage parents may provide added benefit by improving the home food environment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Nutrition Sciences / education*
  • Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Environment*
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Female
  • Food Preferences / psychology
  • Fruit / supply & distribution
  • Gardening / education*
  • Gardening / methods
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Schools
  • Students / psychology*
  • Vegetables / supply & distribution