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Efforts and Impact
Growing HOPE: A Pilot Project
With funding from OSU’s Food Innovation Center and other sources, Colleen Spees, PhD, MEd, RDN, FAND, from OSU’s Medical Dietetics Program and Matthew Kleinhenz, PhD from OARDC in Wooster have joined Steven K. Clinton, MD, PhD, Professor of Oncology, Internal Medicine, in determining the feasibility and efficacy of modifying diet and lifestyle behaviors for cancer survivors to improve health outcomes and quality of life. The goal of their novel project, Growing HOPE, was to implement and test a garden-based health and wellness intervention among extended stage cancer survivors. Cancer survivors were encouraged to engage in health promoting lifestyle behaviors by providing them access to evidence-based health education and training and web-based technologies within the context of a season of vegetable gardening.
This multidisciplinary initiative provides health assessments, education, referrals and follow-up services for food insecure families on the southside of Columbus, OH.