Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-3-2018

Keywords

Adult, Aged, Caregivers, Child, Communication, Cooking, Family, Female, Fruit, Gardening, Health Education, Humans, Male, Meals, Middle Aged, Socioeconomic Factors, Vegetables

Abstract

This manuscript describes the development of a “learn by actively participating” curriculum for youth and their adult caregivers (dyad pair) to increase gardening skills, culinary competence, and family meal time. The curriculum was developed by integrating “iCook 4-H” and Junior Masters Gardener “Health and Nutrition from the Garden”, and “Essential Elements of 4-H Youth Development” curriculums with additional resources for gardening activities from the USDA’s My Plate and garden-based recipes. Expert reviewers (n = 11) provided feedback on the curriculum content, session structure, dosage, age appropriateness, and balance of the three focused areas. Seven family dyads (n = 14) participated in focus groups about understanding of need, interest, barriers, and potential engagement. A 10-week curriculum was developed and named: iGrow. The curriculum is a hands on, active learning program delivered through five, two-hour sessions using a family dyad model. Three main focus areas included gardening, culinary skills, and family conversation/interaction that all focused on togetherness. For the final iGrow curriculum, expert-level content review and feedback from focus group dyad pairs was used to revise the curriculum which further enhanced the approach and balance of the curriculum content. Focus group feedback supported appropriateness, dosage and learning objectives, and content depth. This curriculum has been developed to provide knowledge of gardening and culinary skills with the goal of increased consumption of fruit and vegetables.

Publication Title

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Volume

15

Issue

7

Pages

16

Format

application/pdf

Language

en

PMCID

PMC6069260

DOI of Published Version

10.3390/ijerph15071401

Publisher

MDPI

Rights

© 2018 The Authors

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Comments

This article was published in Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(7), 1401; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15071401

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