Improve Your Health This Spring with Gardening

 courtesy: April 2009 issue of FamilyFun magazine.


Gardening Gives a Dose of Nature
Spending time outside yields a bushel of health benefits, including exposure to fresh air and sunlight (the best source around for vitamin D), as well as all the mental and emotional bonuses that derive from communing with nature.

Gardening is a Great Workout
Gardening tasks provide plenty of exercise, from digging, to hoeing, to toting water. Encourage your kids to pitch in by turning garden work into play with a weeding contest or a seeding straw.

It Makes Healthy Eating Fun
Even selective eaters find it hard to resist the fun of nibbling something straight off the plant. Tempt kids with these pick-and-eat favorites: cherry tomatoes, green beans, and strawberries.

It Stimulates your Brain
A garden is like a classroom without all the desks, grades, and homework. It presents endless opportunities for hands-on environmental learning about beneficial bugs, composting, and photosynthesis.

Gardening Boosts Your Mood
A study in the journal Evolutionary Psychology found that just receiving flowers made people feel better – and helped improve memory. Try growing mammoth sunflowers, morning glories, nasturtiums, and lavender.

It Adds Nutrition to your Diet
Most fresh produce offers nutrients, but some vegetables are more high-powered than others. Carrots, tomatoes, and bell peppers are both kid-friendly and super-nutritious.


28 thoughts on “Improve Your Health This Spring with Gardening

  1. Good morning, Diana. Hope the drizzle moves away and your party for your mom is well-attended, fun, and honors and rewards your and your mom’s hard work.
    I am a special-needs, preschool teacher at Lincoln School in Ontario, CA in the Ontario-Montclair School District. I have been working with my husband on an existing courtyard garden that has been refurbished with the extensive help of the Ontario Home Depot, particularly Lori Salinas, and OMSD to help us create a beautiful environment for our students and staff at Lincoln. We had a dedication and thanks to those participating in the garden project on the 4th of June, and I was hoping to invite you, but the time came and left. I would like to send you several slide shows I have created showing the garden since the planting day in April, and of one of the various children in all three programs who have benefited from time “in the garden” and helping it grow.
    Let me know if you would like to have me send the them, and if you would like to see the garden in person.
    Thanks for your time.
    (P.S. I am the daughter of Karl Benjamin who you have interviewed over the years, and the mother of Casey Marie Jones, Allison Elizabeth Jones and Erin Claire Jones you have also interviewed over the years for 6th grade honors at the Upland Golf Club, for History Day competitions and their other academic and other contributions to the Upland community. As you can hear. I am very proud of my family, very blessed with them, as you are with yours.)
    Sending best wishes,
    Kris Benjamin Jones
    Lincoln Elementary School
    SDC/SH/Preschool Teacher

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