Postprint version. Published in Encyclopedia of School Health, edited by David C. Wiley and Amy C. Cory., September 13, 2013.
School gardens can have great promise as they can positively impact children's food choices by improving their preferences for vegetables, increasing their nutrition knowledge, and prevent nutritionally related diseases (i.e., diabetes and obesity). In their natural state, fruits and vegetables have high water and fiber content and are low in calories and energy density. Additionally, it has been demonstrated that the use of a garden as part of an outdoor environmental studies program can have a beneficial impact on performance of standardized achievement tests, as well as attention and enthusiasm for learning in school children.
In June of 2004, national legislation was signed into law as part of the Child Nutrition Bill that was designed to help cover the initial costs of starting a school garden that would be part of a larger nutrition education program.
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