Community Gardens Involving Young Children as a Potential Obesity-Prevention Strategy: A Systematic Review to Inform Future Research and Practice

Name of Award

Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities Grant

Date Awarded



Nutrition and Exercise Sciences

Project Description

Teri L. Burgess-Champoux, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Family, Consumer and Nutritional Sciences, was awarded a $4,500 Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities grant to pursue a systematic review of community gardens as a prevention strategy for childhood obesity in the United States. Contributing factors to the development of obesity include poor quality diets and inadequate physical activity. The majority of preschool-aged children spend significant amounts of time in non-parental care settings providing a valuable opportunity to impact child health positively. The purpose of this systematic review is to summarize the scientific literature about the use of community gardens as a vehicle for increasing FV intake in preschool-aged children enrolled in childcare settings and to identify gaps in the literature that would provide opportunities for future research.

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