The Community Activation for Prevention Study (CAPS) is a randomized controlled trial of community gardening.

The study aims to determine whether participating in a community garden promotes health behaviors that prevent cancer, and if so, how and why behavior change occurs. For the study, we measured participants’ diet, physical activity, and emotional and cognitive health.

The CAPS study began in January 2017 at the University of Colorado (ClinicalTrials.gov, ID: NCT03089177) in partnership with Michigan State University, the University of South Carolina, Colorado State University, and Denver Urban Gardens. It concluded it’s final round of data collection in May 2020.

We are supported by grant #130091-RSG-16-169-01-CPPB from the American Cancer Society, and funding from the University of Colorado Boulder and University of Colorado Cancer Center.