Our Research

Our current research studies explore strategies related to increasing access to healthy foods for kids and families and the prevention and/or reduction of childhood obesity. For more information about our research please contact Emily English at

Past research studies include the following:

Delta Garden Study - The Delta Garden Study (DGS) was a science-based school garden intervention designed to increase fruit and vegetable (FV) intakes and minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (PA), as well as to improve academic achievement, in middle school students in Arkansas. The study used a quasi-experimental, cross-sectional, nested, pair-matched design utilizing 6 intervention (garden) and 6 control (no garden) schools.

Arkansas Grow Healthy Study – Through the collaborative efforts of experts in agricultural economics, marketing, nutrition, education, psychology, and child development this project reached over 1,000 at-risk children and families with nutrition education and efforts to promote healthy, local foods. Over 80 teachers and 40 food service staff were trained in obesity prevention and nutrition promotion practices. This project resulted in over 70 publications and presentations to both scientific and community audiences. This project was supported from 2011-2016 by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68001-30014 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture under the program title “Childhood Obesity Prevention:  Integrated Research, Education, and Extension to Prevent Childhood Obesity”, program code A2101.

Health Impact Assessment - Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a structured process that informs decision-makers about the potential health impacts of an upcoming decision, particularly when health outcomes are not otherwise considered.