231136 Rx for Healthy Place Making: Connecting People and Place through Community Gardens

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 12:50 PM - 1:10 PM

Jill Litt, PhD , Department of Environmental Health, Colorado School of Public Health, Aurora, CO
James Hale, MS , Department of Environmental Health, Colorado School of Public Health, Denver
Mah-Jabeen Soobader, PhD , Statworks, Canton, MA
Mark Turbin , Institute for Behavioral Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
This presentation will explore the ecological, social, psychological and individual processes that are work in the community garden setting and how garden participation (home and community settings) relates to a range of health behaviors and health status. Specifically, we will present the qualitative and quantitative findings of a multi-year study of neighborhood environments, gardening and health. We will illustrate the interconnections among features of the built environment, related neighborhood conditions, social processes, health behaviors and health status. We will describe how these impacts vary for people who garden in the home and community settings compared to people who do not garden.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1. To identify three key evidence-based strategies that facilitates access and availability of fresh food at the community level. 2. To identify and generally describe process and outcome measures that relate to neighborhood environmental features and conditions, social processes, health behaviors and health. 3. To describe and access an online resource that support and facilitate community food advocacy

Keywords: Food and Nutrition, Environment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I oversee several research studies on food, environment and health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.