Edible Schoolyard NYC Evaluation
Since 2012, we have been working with Edible Schoolyard NYC to conduct a longitudinal program evaluation. Edible Schoolyard NYC partners with public schools to build gardens and kitchen classrooms where children can engage in hands-on learning. Their goal is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and supportive environment required to make healthier choices and change the way students eat… for life. At the Manhattan flagship school PS/MS 7, we are assessing students’ food consumption at school lunch and outside of school, as well as psychosocial determinants (i.e. influences like attitudes) related to food intake. Baseline data (pre-program) was collected in spring 2013. It included digital photographs of three days of school lunch as well as survey data on behaviors and psychosocial determinants. The first round of post-test data was collected in spring 2014, after students received about eight kitchen classroom lessons. Analysis of these data is currently being conducted. We will continue to collect these data each spring to track changes in students’ food consumption and psychosocial determinants as they have more years of Edible Schoolyard NYC programming. The evaluation is funded by Edible Schoolyard NYC.