An Online Gardening Program for Adults with Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease
This study aims to assess the effectiveness on an online gardening study for beginner gardeners with the goal of improving diet and physical activity in those with at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
In this 24 week study, you will be randomized into either the intervention group or the control group. If you are randomized to the intervention group, you will be asked to start your own garden and cook the food you grow. All of the information you need to for the intervention will be provided to you during 10-one hour Zoom classes and in a closed Facebook group. Participants in both groups will be compensated for completing questionnaires at three timepoints and both will be asked to wear a Fitbit activity tracker during the study.
Have one or more health conditions or risk factors for cardiovascular disease
Have a smart phone or computer and capacity to download the Fitbit app or Fitbit Connect Software
Have a Facebook account or be willing to obtain one
Has access to space to start a garden
Have tended a garden in the past year or planning to tend a garden in the coming season
Medical conditions or medications that may limit your ability to freely increase dietary intake of fruits and vegetables
A medical condition that would make gardening activities unsafe