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  • 1.
    Carlsson, Liesel
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Williams, Patricia L.
    Hayes-Conroy, Jessica S.
    Hobart & William Smith Coll, Womens Studies, Geneva, NY 14456 USA..
    Lordly, Daphne
    Mt St Vincent Univ, Dept Appl Human Nutr, Halifax, NS, Canada..
    Callaghan, Edith
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    School Gardens: Cultivating Food Security in Nova Scotia Public Schools?2016In: Canadian journal of dietetic practice and research, ISSN 1486-3847, Vol. 77, no 3, p. 119-124Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: A small but growing body of peer-reviewed research suggests that school gardens can play a role in building community food security (CFS); however, to date little research exploring the role of school gardens in supporting CFS is available. This paper begins to address this gap in the literature. Methods: A qualitative, exploratory, single-case study design was used. The focus of this case study was the school food garden at an elementary school in the River Valley, Nova Scotia, school community. Results: Results provide useful information about potential CFS effects of school gardens in addition to the environmental effects on school gardens important to their effectiveness as CFS tools. Findings suggest children gained food-related knowledge, skills, and values that support long-term CFS. A local social and political landscape at the community, provincial, and school board level were key to strengthening this garden's contributions to CFS. Conclusions: We support Dietitians of Canada's nomination of school gardens as an indicator of CFS with theoretical and practical evidence, underscore the importance of a supportive environment, and need for further research in this area. Health professionals and community organizations provide critical support, helping to weave gardens into a greater movement towards building CFS.

  • 2. Naseer, M.
    et al.
    Fagerström, Cecilia
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Health.
    Prevalence and association of undernutrition with quality of life among Swedish people aged 60 years and above: Results of the SNAC-B study2015In: The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, ISSN 1279-7707, E-ISSN 1760-4788, Vol. 19, no 10, p. 970-979Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: This study aimed to assess the prevalence of undernutrition among elderly and to investigate the association of risk of undernutrition with health-related quality of life and life satisfaction controlling for age, gender, marital status, economic status, housing arrangement, education level, functional ability, and diseases. Design: A cross-sectional study design was used for this study. The baseline data (2001–2003) of “The Swedish National Study of Aging and Care-Blekinge (SNAC-B)” was used. Setting: This population-based study focused on both home-living and special-housing residents. Participants: The participants (n=1402) were randomly selected and included both males and females 60–96 years of age residing in a municipality of south-east Sweden. Measurements: The risk of undernutrition was estimated by the occurrence of at least one anthropometric measure (body mass index, mid-arm circumference, and calf circumference) below cut-off, in addition to the presence of at least one subjective measure (declined food intake, weight loss, and eating difficulty). The dependent variables, health-related quality of life and life satisfaction, were measured by the validated short form health survey (SF-12) and Liang’s life satisfactions index A (LSIA), respectively. Results: According to the criterion, 8.5% of the participants were at risk of undernutrition, and subjects at nutritional risk were significantly older, female, unmarried/widowed/divorced, residing in special housing, and functionally impaired. The risk of undernutrition was significantly associated with poor health-related quality of life, both in the physical (OR 2.31, 95% CI 1.18–4.52) and mental (OR 2.34, 95% CI 1.22–4.47) dimensions. However, no significant association was observed between nutritional status and life satisfaction (OR 1.30, 95% CI 0.70–2.40). Conclusion: The risk of undernutrition significantly increases the risk of poor physical and mental health-related quality of life but has negligible impact on life satisfaction. This study also highlights the importance of functional ability both for the prevention of undernutrition and promotion of quality of life. However, more studies are needed to validate the tool used here for undernutrition risk assessment before it can be used in clinical or population settings. © 2015 Serdi and Springer-Verlag France

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