A Study of an After-School Program to Teach Food Literacy in Food, Agriculture, Natural resources, and Human (FANH) sciences.

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Age: 9 to 18 years old
Healthy Volunteers: Yes
Keywords: after-school program, food science, nutrition, food literacy, natural resources
Type: Behavioral study
192 Participants
UC Davis is doing a research study. We are asking you to allow your child to be a part of this research study because they are in the age group we would like to help and are a student at a local school.

We would like to learn more about whether a new program helps children learn about nutrition, gardening, and being active.

This project will focus on low-income communities. It will expand on existing after-school programs.

Adolescents from these communities have higher high school dropout rates. Extracurricular activities, including after-school programs may help. They can improve graduation rates and increase college enrollment.

This project plans to educate high school kids in food, agriculture, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences.

We will also motivate them to graduate high school, attend college, and major in FANH sciences. The project will empower adolescents to learn more and be excited about FANH sciences.
This study requires

You will be asked to fill out a short survey about your family. Your child will be asked to take a survey about what they know about nutrition and we will measure their height and weight. We will also measure their skin carotenoids, which will help us learn if they are eating certain fruits and vegetables. This will be measured using a device called the Veggie Meter. The Veggie Meter shines a light onto the fingertip with an LED lightbulb to see the carotenoids in the skin. (Please see the flyer for more information.) This scan does not hurt, takes less than one minute, and can tell us a little bit about what your child is eating. This scan does not capture fingerprints.

Who can participate

Inclusion criteria:

  • There are two groups of participants (adolescents and younger youth) that will be recruited for this study. Adolescent participants must be high school-aged, approximately 13-17 years. Younger youth must be upper elementary school-aged, approximately 9-12 years. Participants for both age groups will be recruited from existing afterschool programs within each participating school district. Comparison youth for both age groups will be recruited from other students within the same school districts. For the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years, the participating school districts will be in Pittsburg and Williams, California.

Exclusion criteria:

  • Youth from other school districts
Benefits and risks of participating

We cannot promise any benefits to you as a result of taking part in this research study.


The study doctor will discuss the risks associated with taking part in this research study.
You will not be paid to take part in this research study.
Study duration and period
All activities will be up to two hours in the after school program. All surveys we ask your teen to fill out will take no more than 20 minutes each.
Recruitment period
From Aug. 23, 2019
UC Davis Medical Center
2315 Stockton Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95817
Lyndsey Ruiz
Research Topic
  • Food Literacy; Adolescent Health; Cross-age Teaching; Nutrition Education; Experiential Learning

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