Affiliation: Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Nutrition
Specific Aims: Aim 1: Evaluate the impact of USDA-funded Farm to School programs on student diet, physical activity/sedentary behavior, and health. Aim 2: Use the RE-AIM model to assess the reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation and maintenance of USDA-funded Farm to School programs, identifying facilitators of and barriers to program implementation and maintenance. Aim 3: Use the results from Aims 1 and 2 to identify promising evidence-based obesity-related F2S interventions, implementation strategies and program adaptations and package these findings for dissemination and implementation through the Center for Training and Research Translation. Hypotheses: Students in comprehensive Farm to School projects will experience greater increases in fruit and vegetable consumption; improved knowledge and attitudes about nutrition, gardening, and farming; and reduced sedentary behavior and BMI.