Can gardening help reduce the risk for disease? A new study suggests that community gardening may be protective for the development of disease.
This new research, which relied on 291 non-gardening adults (on average 41 years of age), found that:
- Those who gardened ate ~7% more fiber than those who did not garden.
- Those who gardened also exercised more outside of gardening.
- Those who gardened had reductions in their stress and anxiety levels.
- All of these benefits contribute to a reduced risk of disease
The Hearty Take
The benefits of gardening do not just come from growing fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs - but also from being in a natural outdoor space with other people. These results suggest that participating in a local community garden may come with several health benefits due to indirect lifestyle impacts.