4284.0 Locally Grown: Strategies to Support Local Economies and Public Health

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 2:30 PM
Connecting schools, communities and businesses directly with farmers and garden based education can increase availability and consumption of fruits and vegetables. Lower prices, procurement policies, taste testing and public/private partnerships provide incentives and opportunities to increase demand and intake of fresh, local produce. Presenters will discuss results from an evaluation of farm-to-school programs highlighting student attitudes and behaviors, findings to determine if farmers' markets have lower prices than supermarkets and evidence of public support for farm-to-school policies. Partnerships and business programs to promote innovations in improving or enhancing practices to provide locally grown products will be presented.
Session Objectives: 1)Explain established approaches to connecting locally grown fruits and vegetables with schools, communities and businesses 2)Describe methods used to evaluate effectiveness of programs and interventions aimed at increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables through farm or garden based initiatives 3)Discuss promising policies for connecting farmers, businesses and consumers and the public support for policies evident in survey research

2:30 PM
Growing Healthy Collaborative: A Farm–to- school–to–home project is associated with fruit and vegetable consumption
Virginia Chomitz, PhD, Stephanie Shapiro Berkson, MPH, Sandra Williams, MPH, Dawn B. Olcott, MS, Claire Kozower, MS, Jane Hirschi, Nicholas Deputy, Jennifer Lawrence and Karen Hacker, MD, MPH
2:45 PM
Is produce less expensive at farmers markets or supermarkets in a low-income neighborhood of New York City?
Ruqayyah B. Abdullah, BSc, Philip M. Alberti, PhD, Sasha Deutsch-Link and Jane F. Bedell, MD
3:00 PM
Support of Local or State Farm-to-School Policies among Americans, 2008
Diane M. Harris, PhD, MPH, CHES, Heidi M. Blanck, PhD, Jian Chen, MSc, Latetia V. Moore, PhD and Amy L. Yaroch, PhD
3:15 PM

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Organized by: Food and Nutrition
Endorsed by: Alternative and Complementary Health Practices

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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