Grantee Research

Community Gardens Can Boost Latino Child Health, Save Families Money

Dr. Dina Castro, University of North Carolina

“Growing Healthy Kids”

This Salud America! pilot research project uses community gardens and parental nutrition education and activities to promote healthy eating and physical activity among lower-income Latino families who have young children. The project established three community gardens in Orange County, N.C., between 2008 and 2010. During 2010 these gardens served 42 families (25 Latino), including 88 children ages 1 to 12 (54 are Latino; 92 percent are from lower-income families).

Research Category: Latino Families