Developing and Evaluating Newsletters for Parent Engagement in Sustainability via Active Garden Education (SAGE)

Vinny Vi, Bin C. Suh, Elizabeth Lorenzo, Sarah Martinelli, Anel Arriola, Rebecca E. Lee

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Abstract

Physical activity and nutrition preschool programming must involve parents in positive long-term healthy habits. This paper describes parent outreach in the Sustainability via Active Garden Education (SAGE) study. Newsletters were sent home with children to promote family opportunities to increase physical activity and fruit and vegetable intake. The content was generated via a community advisory board participatory process. Messages linked SAGE curriculum topics with home and community activities. Parents rated frequency of receipt, helpfulness, satisfaction, and use of content. Most participants were Hispanic (>78%) and women (>95%). Most reported receiving newsletters; nearly all reported that they were helpful. Favorite newsletter components included recipes, pictures of their children and seasonal produce spotlights. Most reported doing physical activities from the newsletters (51.9%). Few reported doing featured physical activity (8.9%) and fruit and vegetable (12.7%) community activities. Newsletter outreach methods are a simple strategy to add value to preschool-based interventions promoting healthy families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4617
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume19
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • childhood obesity
  • early care education
  • healthy lifestyle
  • Hispanic
  • newsletters
  • parent engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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