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Colorful Veggies, Full Stomachs, Can't Lose

Matthew Landry

Back-to-school time is a busy time for students, parents and teachers. There are countless things to check off to-do lists.

And once school is back in session, there are busy mornings and hectic routines. The grind of homework, after-school activities and commutes can make planning for healthy eating seem daunting.

Luckily, some basic strategies can help steer kids toward healthy choices.

We enlisted Jaimie Davis, an associate professor of nutritional sciences whose research focuses on ways to improve childhood health and reduce obesity, to provide a few ways to help set healthy habits and keep kids fueled as they head into another school year. 

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Written By: Kylie Fitzpatrick

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Food deserts: How Austin is Tackling the Problem

Matthew Landry

Schools throughout Central Texas have started gardening programs in an effort to raise awareness of healthy eating and address a lack of food access. University of Texas Associate Professor of Nutritional Science Jaimie Davis wants to know how effective those gardening education programs are in improving the actual health of the children involved. She is conducting a $3.5 million 3-year study at 16 Austin-area elementary schools called Texas Sprouts. Read More

Written By: Leslie Rhode/KXAN Special Contributor

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Jaimie Davis: Growing Better Health

Matthew Landry

Jaimie Davis sees a world of opportunity when she sees a tiny green plant.  Through her experience, she knows that one plant can spark just enough curiosity in a child to change that child’s eating habits and ultimately prevent disease.  The University of Texas Associate Professor of Nutritional Science coordinates the TX Sprouts research project happening now at several Central Texas schools.  Davis’ team of nutrition educators teach eighteen lessons throughout the school year about healthy food and help the elementary students tend to the gardens. Read More

Written By: Leslie Rhode

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UT Researchers Plant Good Health at Elementary Schools

Matthew Landry

 

For students at Oak Meadows Elementary school, nutrition starts early. The UT research group TX Sprouts built the first of six elementary school gardens at Oak Meadows this Saturday. The two-year study will examine the effects that working in a garden has on student health. Jaimie Davis, the lead researcher for TX Sprouts, said kids develop a taste for fruits and vegetables through gardening. They also show lower obesity levels. "There's evidence and research to support that a garden approach can improve health or improve diet, as well as reduce obesity," Davis said. Read More

Written by: Kate Thackrey, The Daily Texan. 

 

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Researchers to Bring Gardens, Cooking Classes to Austin-Area Schools

Matthew Landry

Sixteen Austin-area elementary schools will participate in a study with University of Texas at Austin researchers thanks to a $3.85 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to learn whether growing fruits and vegetables and learning nutrition and cooking skills can improve health and reduce childhood obesity. Read More

Written by: Vivian Abagui, UT College of Natural Sciences 

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