Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. California ranks 24th in overall prevalence of children considered overweight or obese. This number has risen tremendously since 2003 and according to PedNSS, which assesses weight status of children from low income families, 33% of these children, age 2-5, fall under this category.
The majority of schools in the U.S. do not have a school garden nor a nutrition education program. Children are one of our nation's most important resources and thus deserve the best possible education to help provide for their future health. Giving young children the best start to life can be as simple as helping them learn about healthy foods by growing them in a garden, which is where we come in. Research has shown that children who participate in cultivating a garden show greater willingness to try new foods, improve their eating habits, and gain knowledge about nutrition in general and increased consumption of fruits and vegetables in particular.
help with our integrated, behavior-based comprehensive plan for promoting nutritional health for our early learners. This plan involves schools, parents, and the community in efforts to continuously promote the health and education of school children.
School gardens are being integrated into education curriculum to teach children not only about gardening and plants but other subjects as well- math, science, and physical education. It can help children understand the concept of sustainability and their place in the environment because these gardens give them the opportunity to watch seeds turn into edible plants that will in turn provide them with nutritional value.
Many schools would like to have gardens yet they often face challenges such as not having the resources, space, or the necessary tools and skills required to start, implement and maintain a school garden. Bloomers! Schoolyard wants to ,