Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Advancing public health through Gardens for Healthy Communities (GHC) in New York City: The role of anti-obesity objectives in urban agriculture policy
by Gonzalez, Yolanda, M.S., State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 2015, 55; 1602723
Abstract (Summary)

This research study explores the effectiveness of the urban gardening program Gardens for Healthy Communities (GHC) as a public health strategy intended to reverse obesity trends in New York City. The GHC program originated from the Obesity Task Force, a multi-agency work group commissioned by Mayor Bloomberg in 2013 charged identifying innovative policies to prevent as well as reduce obesity. 18 in-depth interviews with garden advocates and GHC garden members reveal that the driving motivation for participating in the selected GHC gardens was less about obesity, specifically, and more about the public health and community development benefits including: a meeting place for civic engagement and environmental awareness, a space for community and health-oriented partnership, and a social bridge to build community cohesion. Through the community right to public space and gardens, the GHC gardens reveal the power of engaging anti-obesity objectives in driving community development and urban agriculture forward.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Potteiger, Matthew
Commitee: Bellows, Anne C., Weissman, Evan L.
School: State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Department: Environmental Science
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Agriculture, Public health, Environmental science
Keywords: Community development, Community gardens, New York City, Obesity, Open space, Public health, Urban agriculture policy
Publication Number: 1602723
ISBN: 978-1-339-18568-2
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