Minority children and adolescents living in rural areas, below poverty guidelines, are less likely to engage in healthy food choices or a healthy lifestyle, and this contributes to obesity issues. Providing children with the skills and knowledge to lead healthy lives is a way to combat this epidemic. Focus groups were conducted at three Extension school-based gardens to determine participants' perspectives on the impacts of participation. It was determined that Extension school-based gardens provide children with the opportunity to engage in learning about healthy eating and food production, while engaging in activity outside of the classroom.
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Rodriguez, M. T., Lamm, A. J., Odera, E., & Owens, C. (2015). Evaluating Impacts of School-Based Extension Garden Programs from a Child's Perspective. The Journal of Extension, 53(1), Article 21. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol53/iss1/21