Evidence for Community Gardens

Community Gardens

There is some evidence that community gardens improve access to and consumption of fruit and vegetables. Community gardens can also increase physical activity for gardeners. Community gardens are a suggested strategy to increase fruit and vegetable availability in food deserts, promote healthy eating, and reduce obesity. However, additional evidence is needed to confirm effects.

Note: Community gardens are not completely scientifically supported, some evidence in support of community gardens exists but there is not enough as of now to say they are an evidence based intervention.

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