The 2012/13 New Zealand Health Survey indicated that with 11% of children obese and 22% overweight, New Zealand has a significant health problem in childhood obesity.
The philosophy of Garden to Table (GTT) is to encourage children to learn to grow, harvest and cook their own fresh, seasonal vegetables, thus encouraging higher vegetable consumption. This project aims to evaluate the programme in four low decile Wellington schools to ascertain whether it improves the nutritional quality of children’s diets, nutrition knowledge and willingness to try new foods.
Four intervention schools will be recruited involving between 50 and 100 children over three years. The evaluation will include dietary intake, qualitative measures, anthropometric measures and a community focus group at the end of each year to gain community feedback on the program.
This evaluation started in 2015, with funding from Pub Charity and the community.