Big Green recently co-presented a poster with our curriculum partners, Common Threads, at the 2019 American Society for Nutrition Conference in Baltimore. ASN was founded in 2005 as a result of a merger between the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, the American Society for Nutritional Sciences, and the Society for International Nutrition. Each year, the society hosts a multi-day conference in which researchers, clinicians, and practitioners come together to share and learn about current research, practices, and technology in the nutrition field. Poster presenters are required to submit an abstract, or summary, of their research project and are competitively selected from a pool of submissions.
Big Green and Common Threads’ jointly created poster, titled Unique In-school Garden and Nutrition Intervention Improves Vegetable Preference and Food Literacy in Two Independently Conducted Evaluations, details both organizations’ evaluations of Garden Bites, our 15 lesson, Pre-K – 8th grade nutrition, cooking, and gardening curriculum. Big Green and Common Threads co-authored Garden Bites in 2016 and conducted independent student surveys in the 2017 – 2018 school year.
The poster was on display with Big Green’s National Evaluation Manager and Common Threads’ Partnership Engagement Manager onsite to answer questions. Conference attendees were excited to learn more because non-profits are not as commonly represented at academic conferences and collaboration between two organizations with rigorous evidence is even rarer. We’re excited to continue to deepen our focus on research and evaluation and to continue to explore Garden Bites’ impacts!