The Effect of School Gardens on Dietary Intake, Cognition, and Body Composition in Children in Southwestern Kenya (Watch Me Grow - Kenya)
The goal of the Watch Me Grow - Kenya study is to evaluate the effects of school gardens on child dietary intake, cognition, and eventually body composition in primarily school children. We recruited children for this quasi-experimental study from primary schools in the Nyanza province, located in Southwest Kenya.
We conducted pre- and post-intervention assessments including: 1) anthropometry (height, weight, and mid-upper arm circumference), 2) 24-hour dietary recall, and, 3) individual measures of verbal fluency and attention. Development in Gardens (DIG), a global non-government organization, will establish the school gardens with help from our study staff. The gardens will provide fresh produce, but will primarily provide the children, families and teachers with opportunities for learning agricultural practices. Baseline measures will be conducted in the fall of 2013, with gardens install in early 2014. We are conducting a parallel study in Muhuru Bay, Kenya, with baseline measures conducted in the summer of 2013.