Nutrition to Grow On: A Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education Curriculum for Upper Elementary School Children

Reports
Jennifer Morris and Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis
15 Apr, 2013

This curriculum was developed with the health and well-being of the nation’s children in mind. Substantial evidence confirms that improving dietary and physical activity habits can optimize the health of children. Few children know the origins of their food or appreciate the importance of local agriculture to food production. Fortunately, educators are in a position to make a difference, and school gardens have become recognized as a possible solution. Gardens not only teach children where their food comes from but also expose them to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. This curriculum was developed to provide teachers with the necessary tools to bring life to this concept.