It has been found that youth who are involved in their own growing and harvesting of produce and also prepare and cook their own meals have been found to be more likely to consume the vegetables and meals they themselves cook and prepare.
Many youth are not consuming the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables. Youth who are involved in growing and harvesting their own produce as well as preparing their own meals are more likely to consume the vegetables (Block K.et la, 2012). With the help of our project, we will be able to implement a gardening team building workshop that will expose the student athletes to the health benefits or gardening and consuming raw and fresh vegetables. As part of the larger study named the WAVE~Ripples for Change Project, the URAP project aims to design a gardening workshop to increase 14-19 years old high school male and female adolescent athletes’ basic gardening skills to support the achievement and maintenance of healthy active lifestyles.
A literature review using the keywords “gardening, health benefits, and high school athletes” resulted in three related studies. Three key informant interviews were also conducted in person and via the phone to learn about field experts’ thoughts on the best practices and recommendations in implementing an age-appropriate gardening workshop to high school adolescents. Based on these findings, a 10-question self-administered paper and pencil survey was developed to understand student’s gardening experience and their interest level in participating in a gardening team-building workshop during the Fall Term. This survey is being administered at a current basic cooking team-building workshop of the WAVE Project in May 2016.