Condition category
Nutritional, Metabolic, Endocrine
Date applied
Date assigned
Last edited
Retrospectively registered
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Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims:
Current fruit and vegetable consumption in children is low. There are few studies which promote fruit and vegetable intake, which have targeted children in child care, despite the fact that younger children are more likely influenced by adults in an eating environment. The objective of this pilot study is to assess whether Watch Me Grow (WMG) can become a sustainable, inexpensive way to increase vegetable consumption in pre-schoolers while attending child care.

Who can participate?
Child care centers in North Carolina, which care for children between the ages of 3 – 5 years.

What does the study involve?
Child care centers were allocated to receiving the The Watch Me Grow (WMG) programme first, or receiving it at a later date. WMG is designed to encourage fruit and vegetable consumption among children in child care. Centers given the programme at a later date, received a garden and the curriculum materials, but not the regular technical assistance visits.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Centers will benefit from receipt of an on-site garden. Children enrolled at the center may benefit from increased consumption of fresh vegetables. To reduce the chance of harm, only non poisonous crops will be grown at the child care centers. There are no known risks of participating in the study.

Where is the study run from?
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
The study began in March 2011 and is expected to run until November 2013.

Who is funding the study?
Duke University Medical Center, USA

Who is the main contact?
Rebecca Brouwer

Trial website

Contact information



Primary contact

Dr Sara Benjamin Neelon


Contact details

Duke University Medical Center
Box 104006
United States of America

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Study information

Scientific title

Watch Me Grow: A garden-based pilot intervention to increase fruit and vegetable intake in preschoolers – a randomized controlled trial



Study hypothesis

Children in intervention child care centers, compared with children in control centers, will increase their consumption of fruit and vegetables more from pre- to post-intervention.

Ethics approval

Duke University Medical Center, 17 August 2010, ref: Pro00025325

Study design

Randomized controlled trial

Primary study design


Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting


Trial type

Quality of life

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet


Child Nutrition


Centers allocated 1:1 to WMG intervention or delayed WMG intervention.

We compare the Watch Me Grow (WMG) garden-based intervention to a delayed intervention. WMG is a crop-a-month curriculum and garden intervention designed to encourage fruit and vegetable consumption among children in child care.
The intervention includes
1. Nutritional counseling to providers on low-cost ways to increase fruits and vegetables on the child care menu
2. Delivery of a multi-disciplinary pilot curriculum promoting fresh produce to providers and children and
3. Assistance establishing child care center gardens to get providers and children excited about growing their own fresh crops

Centers in the delayed intervention will receive a garden and the curriculum materials, but will not receive regular technical assistance visits.

Intervention type



Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measure

Servings of vegetables consumed by children in child care measured pre intervention and one month post intervention

Secondary outcome measures

Servings of vegetables served to children in child care measured pre intervention and one month post intervention

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Reason abandoned (if study stopped)


Participant inclusion criteria

Center directors in North Carolina who care for at least 3 children between the ages of 3 and 5

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Age group




Target number of participants

20 Center Directors

Participant exclusion criteria

Center directors outside of North Carolina, or those who do not care for children between the ages of 3 and 5

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Countries of recruitment

United States of America

Trial participating centre

Duke University Medical Center
United States of America

Sponsor information


Duke University Medical Center (USA)

Sponsor details

c/o Sara Benjamin Neelon
Department of Community and Family Medicine
DUMC Box 104006
United States of America

Sponsor type

Hospital/treatment centre



Funder type

Hospital/treatment centre

Funder name

Duke University Medical Center (USA)

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Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

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