Harvest 4 Health: A Garden Mentor Program for Breast Cancer Survivors

1. Mentor Survey

 
This survey is part of a fact-finding mission to learn if Alabama Master Gardeners would have an interest* in partnering with UAB cancer researchers on a future study. You do not need to be a cancer survivor to participate. However, you would be asked to mentor a breast cancer survivor on how to grow fruits and vegetables.

The proposed study hopes to answer this - Will a vegetable gardening, mentoring program help breast cancer survivors improve the following?

1) dietary intake (more fruits and vegetables)
2) physical activity
3) quality of life

We had a pilot program in 2011 with 10 MGs and 10 cancer survivors in Jefferson County and the results were promising. We are gathering data for another grant application that specifically targets breast cancer survivors in the 5 Birmingham metro counties. Your input is greatly appreciated on the following potential project:

1. Breast cancer survivors who have completed treatment and have a good prognosis would be recruited by UAB investigators. UAB will interview, track and record all data regarding each "survivor" and their families in this study. You would not be asked to help with this part of the study.

2. The "survivor" would be paired with a nearby Master Gardener who would mentor them over a 12 month garden cycle on fruit and vegetable gardening. This is conceived as a container or raised bed gardening project and supplies will be purchased by each "survivor" with grant funds.

3. Each "survivor" will be in the study for one year. Master Gardener mentors can choose to participate for one year or more depending on funding amount. The minimum commitment would be one gardening year.

4. At 1-year follow-up, "survivors" and their families will be asked about their future plans to garden. All participants and mentors will additionally be asked to complete a survey regarding their experiences in the study.

*[Please note that we may or may not need assistance from everyone who favorably responds]
1. If this study project becomes a reality (the grant proposal is funded) and you receive adequate training from UAB Nutritionists and Extension Agents, what would be your level of interest in participating in such a mentoring program?
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