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Watch Me Grow: A garden-based pilot intervention to increase fruit and vegetable intake in preschoolers
ISRCTN ISRCTN34755197
DOI 10.1186/ISRCTN34755197
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Public title Watch Me Grow: A garden-based pilot intervention to increase fruit and vegetable intake in preschoolers
Scientific title Watch Me Grow: A garden-based pilot intervention to increase fruit and vegetable intake in preschoolers a randomized controlled trial
Acronym WMG
Serial number at source N/A
Study hypothesis Children in intervention child care centers, compared with children in control centers, will increase their consumption of fruit and vegetables more from pre- to post-intervention.
Lay summary Background and study aims:
Current fruit and vegetable consumption in children is low. There are few studies which promote fruit and vegetable intake, which have targeted children in child care, despite the fact that younger children are more likely influenced by adults in an eating environment. The objective of this pilot study is to assess whether Watch Me Grow (WMG) can become a sustainable, inexpensive way to increase vegetable consumption in pre-schoolers while attending child care.

Who can participate?
Child care centers in North Carolina, which care for children between the ages of 3 5 years.

What does the study involve?
Child care centers were allocated to receiving the The Watch Me Grow (WMG) programme first, or receiving it at a later date. WMG is designed to encourage fruit and vegetable consumption among children in child care. Centers given the programme at a later date, received a garden and the curriculum materials, but not the regular technical assistance visits.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Centers will benefit from receipt of an on-site garden. Children enrolled at the center may benefit from increased consumption of fresh vegetables. To reduce the chance of harm, only non poisonous crops will be grown at the child care centers. There are no known risks of participating in the study.

Where is the study run from?
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
The study began in March 2011 and is expected to run until November 2013.

Who is funding the study?
Duke University Medical Center, USA

Who is the main contact?
Rebecca Brouwer
Rebecca.brouwer@duke.edu
Ethics approval Duke University Medical Center, 17 August 2010, ref: Pro00025325
Study design Randomized controlled trial
Countries of recruitment United States of America
Disease/condition/study domain Child Nutrition
Participants - inclusion criteria Center directors in North Carolina who care for at least 3 children between the ages of 3 and 5
Participants - exclusion criteria Center directors outside of North Carolina, or those who do not care for children between the ages of 3 and 5
Anticipated start date 03/01/2011
Anticipated end date 11/01/2013
Status of trial Completed
Patient information material Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet
Target number of participants 20 Center Directors
Interventions Centers allocated 1:1 to WMG intervention or delayed WMG intervention.

We compare the Watch Me Grow (WMG) garden-based intervention to a delayed intervention. WMG is a crop-a-month curriculum and garden intervention designed to encourage fruit and vegetable consumption among children in child care.
The intervention includes
1. Nutritional counseling to providers on low-cost ways to increase fruits and vegetables on the child care menu
2. Delivery of a multi-disciplinary pilot curriculum promoting fresh produce to providers and children and
3. Assistance establishing child care center gardens to get providers and children excited about growing their own fresh crops

Centers in the delayed intervention will receive a garden and the curriculum materials, but will not receive regular technical assistance visits.
Primary outcome measure(s) Servings of vegetables consumed by children in child care measured pre intervention and one month post intervention
Secondary outcome measure(s) Servings of vegetables served to children in child care measured pre intervention and one month post intervention
Sources of funding Duke University Medical Center (USA)
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Contact name Dr  Sara  Benjamin Neelon
  Address Duke University Medical Center
Box 104006
  City/town Durham
  Zip/Postcode 27710
  Country United States of America
Sponsor Duke University Medical Center (USA)
  Address c/o Sara Benjamin Neelon
Department of Community and Family Medicine
DUMC Box 104006
  City/town Durham
  Zip/Postcode 27710
  Country United States of America
  Sponsor website: http://www.dukemedicine.org/
Date applied 27/11/2012
Last edited 13/12/2012
Date ISRCTN assigned 13/12/2012
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