Literature Review – School Wide Activity

Initiative Description: A Peer-reviewed literature search related to school-day garden interventions with measures of dietary and/or academic outcomes. Database searches in CABI, Web of Science, Web of Knowledge, PubMed, Education Full Text, Education Resources Information Center ( ERIC), and PsychINFO were conducted through May 2013.

Study Results: Among 12 identified garden studies, 4 interventions that included a garden component measured academic outcomes; of these, 2 showed improvements in science achievement and 1 measured and showed improvements in math score.

Reference: Berezowitz, C. K., Bontrager Yoder, A. B., & Schoeller, D. A. (2015). School Gardens Enhance Academic Performance and Dietary Outcomes in Children. Journal of School Health, 85(8), 508–518.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good