- Increased nutritional knowledge among 4th and 7th graders who were fed a steady stream of gardening and cooking curriculum.
- Vegetable intake was almost one serving per day greater in the schools with a stronger food curriculum, and combined fruit and vegetable consumption increased by 1.5 servings. About 80 percent of this increase came from in-season produce. In comparison, researchers found a nearly quarter-serving drop in produce intake among other students.
- Higher fruit and vegetable consumption among elementary-age students... including a preference for leafy greens like kale, spinach, and chard.
Cooper says "With this study, we can finally prove that what we feed kids and what we teach them about food really does make a difference."
Hopefully more programs like Water's Edible Schoolyard get the attention they deserve.
Go Alice Waters!