Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2015

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Jill Litt

Second Advisor

Dale Miller

Third Advisor

Lori Hunter

Abstract

This report explores the current childhood obesity health crises in the United States and the potential solutions of school garden and farm-to-cafeteria lunch programs. The study of school garden and farm-to-cafeteria lunch programs investigates an environmental problem from a health outcomes perspective. Previously published, accredited scientific articles are systematically reviewed to identify both the success and failures of these programs, in addition to defining areas needing greater research. The research and data collected in the systematic review is later used to suggest a set of best practices for school garden and farm-to-cafeteria lunch programs. School garden and farm-to-cafeteria lunch programs offer viable solutions for the obesity epidemic that necessitates a change.

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