Physical health behaviors of gardening and non-gardening parents and their children

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Show simple item record Smith, Ann Marie 2010-12-17T21:14:10Z 2010-12-17T21:14:10Z 2010-12-17
dc.description.abstract Professionals in health promotion are starting to look at gardening as a strategy for health behavior change. This popular leisure time activity provides access to physical activity and fresh fruits and vegetables for consumption, two behaviors consistently recommended for optimum physical health. Coupled with a lifestyle low in sedentary behavior these behaviors can offset the health risks of the prevailing trends of overweight and obesity. Spending time outdoors is associated with higher levels of physical activity, while screen based behaviors are associated with unhealthy eating. No studies to date have looked at the health behaviors of gardeners, or the effects it may have on their family’s health behaviors. The purpose of this report is to examine, through descriptive research, the health behaviors of gardening and non-gardening parents and their fourth or fifth grade child. Surveys were administered to a convenience sample of 366 fourth and fifth grade students and their guardians within a school district in Riley County, Kansas. The survey assessed the physical health behaviors mentioned above; comparisons were made according to parental classification of gardener (n=189) or non-gardener (n=177). Significant association was found with gardening classification and adult self-reports of the number of days and amount of time respondents participated in moderate to vigorous physical activity. The median days per week parents reported participation in moderate to vigorous physical activity was 3 for non-gardeners, and 4 for gardeners and was influenced by gender. Eighty-seven percent of gardeners compared to 59.3% of non-gardeners reported meeting the current physical activity recommendation of 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity activity. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship United States Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject gardening en_US
dc.subject health behaviors en_US
dc.subject parents en_US
dc.subject physical activity en_US
dc.subject fruit and vegetable consumption en_US
dc.subject sedentary behavior en_US
dc.title Physical health behaviors of gardening and non-gardening parents and their children en_US
dc.type Report en_US Master of Science en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources en_US
dc.description.advisor Candice A. Shoemaker en_US
dc.subject.umi Health Sciences, Public Health (0573) en_US 2010 en_US December en_US

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