178650 Local Foods in School Nutrition Programs: Strategies and Solutions with Farm to School

Monday, October 27, 2008

Tegan C. Hagy , Mid-Atlantic Farm to School Network, The Food Trust, Philadelphia, PA
Le Adams , Farm to Table, Southwest Regional Farm to School Network, Santa Fe, NM
Dana Hudson , Shelburne Farms, Vermont Food Education Every Day, Shelburne, VT
Amy E. Paxton, MPH, RD , Institute for Families in Society, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
With over 1,100 farm to school programs currently operating across the country, there is increasing interest in the implementation and measurement of such endeavors. In support of the growth of these types of programs, a national coalition has been formed and regional representatives assigned. This session will present two critical aspects for those interested in starting a program, expanding a program or evaluating impacts of existing efforts: a synopsis of current program models including strategies and evaluation results as well as an exploration of different educational methodologies in existing programs. Evaluation results demonstrate an increase in participating students' fruit and vegetable consumption, school meal participation rates, and student knowledge and attitudes about local and healthy foods. Resources and tools related to each of these models will also be highlighted.

Learning Objectives:
1.Identify strategies to increase fruit and vegetable consumption and set healthier eating habits in school-based settings 2. Identify farm to school models through which local foods can be a teaching tool to incorporate nutrition education into the school day. 3. Articulate methodologies used by farm to school programs to incorporate local foods in schools 4. Understand study design methodologies including strengths and weaknesses of school-based measurement of dietary consumption

Keywords: Food and Nutrition, Child Health

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