Year of Publication


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Systems (MSNFS)

Document Type

Master's Thesis


Agriculture, Food and Environment


Dietetics and Human Nutrition

First Advisor

Dr. Dawn Brewer


With medical advancement and technology, generations are living longer. The process of aging is accompanied by development of chronic disease, reduced physical function, and increased risk of mortality. Older adults do not meet dietary requirements for fruits and vegetables due to lack of access, early satiety, socioeconomic factors, etc. Without proper attainment of fruit and vegetable recommendations, older adults are placed at risk of chronic disease. Interventions exist to help bridge the gap between older adult nutrition and currently established dietary guidelines. Built environments, such as community gardens, have received attentions in the public health arena as a successful way to engage the older adult population with benefits ranging from improved dietary behaviors to increased socializations and improved mental health. Many services for older adults are financially supported through the Older Americans Act. Interventions between community and academic entities require collaborative effort of the researchers at the university, the community members, as well as cooperative extension. Successful interventions engage all levels of the socioeconomic model. Engagement of all program stakeholders as well as clear communication and group collaboration serve as critical necessities in supporting a sustainable intervention of this kind.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

Funding Information

University of Kentucky Superfund

Included in

Nutrition Commons