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Gardening gives older adults benefits like hand strength and self-esteem
Researchers at Kansas State University already have shown that gardening can offer enough moderate physical activity to keep older adults in shape. The researchers also discovered that among the other health benefits of gardening is keeping older hands strong and nimble. (2009-02-03)

Younger adults benefit from gardening's moderate- to high-intensity activities
A study determined the exercise intensities of 10 gardening tasks for men and women in their 20s. Subjects wore portable telemetric calorimeters during the gardening tasks and resting periods to measure their oxygen uptake, and wore heart rate monitors to record heart rate data during the gardening tasks and resting periods via radiotelemetry. All 10 tasks were determined to be moderate- to high-intensity physical activities for the age group. (2014-05-05)

The many health benefits of gardening for elderly women
Researchers assessed physical and psychological health benefits of a 15-session gardening intervention for women age 70 and older. Physical and psychological health parameters were assessed before and after the intervention for participants and a control group (nonparticipants). Women in the intervention group exhibited significantly improved muscle mass, aerobic endurance, hand dexterity, cognitive ability, and decreased waist circumference compared to the control group. Participants also reported a significantly higher amount of daily physical activity from gardening. (2016-10-10)

Another reason to get your hands dirty
Gardening is a very popular leisure activity for adults aged 65 or older in the United States. A recent study conducted by Sin-Ae Park, Candice Shoemaker, and Mark Haub of Kansas State University, set out to determine if gardening enables older adults to meet the physical activity recommendation set forth by the CDC and the ACSM. (2008-12-29)

Children's gardening programs grow environmental stewards
A new generation has come of age since the first celebration of Earth Day in 1970. For this and future generations, environmental awareness is an important and burgeoning point of reference. But classroom teachers who make environmental education experiences a priority often lack resources, funding, time and ideas about ways to integrate environmental education into classroom learning. Getting children involved in hands-on activities is critical, and gardening just may be the answer. (2008-09-28)

Gardening linked to increased vegetable consumption in older adults
A study of older adults has revealed some interesting nutritional benefits to gardening. Researchers compared fruit and vegetable consumption of older gardeners and non-gardeners, and investigated differences in fruit and vegetable consumption of long-term gardeners compared with newer gardeners. The results suggested that offering gardening (2011-03-17)

Gardening helps to grow positive body image
New research has found that allotment gardening promotes positive body image, which measures someone's appreciation of their own body and its functions, and an acceptance of bodily imperfections. (2020-04-02)

Americans hard to contain on potted plant expenditures
When it comes to using plant-filled pots on the porch or around the landscape, Americans are hardly able to contain themselves. US consumers spend more than $1.3 billion a year on this gardening method. Retailers can cash in on container gardening by offering more extensive plant care information, making plant and container selection easy and pricing the pre-planted or do-it-yourself containers properly, according to a new study by Dr. Terri Starman, Texas AgriLife Research horticulturist. (2008-05-01)

Gardening provides high-to-moderate physical activity for children
The metabolic cost of 10 gardening tasks was measured in children to determine associated exercise intensities. The children performed the tasks while wearing a portable telemetric calorimeter and a heart rate monitor to measure oxygen uptake and heart rate. Results showed digging and raking to be high-intensity, while the other activities were determined to be moderate-intensity. The data can facilitate the development of garden-based exercise programs for children that promote health and physically active lifestyles. (2014-01-31)

School kids as master gardeners
On the grounds of H. L. Johnson Elementary School in Palm Beach County Florida, you'll find the usual set of swings, monkey bars and slides. You'll also find something else, more than 30 raised-bed gardens complete with ripening tomatoes, pole beans, assorted herbs and enough other healthy looking vegetables to make any home gardener envious. Planted and tended by students, school gardens are growing in popularity. And for good reason say their advocates. They teach a myriad of valuable skills in a way no teacher, book, or computer ever could. They have become so popular, that the world's largest organization of plant health scientists is devoting an entire day at their upcoming Annual Meeting to the discussion of school gardening programs. (2001-07-18)

Over the back fence: gardeners get advice from neighbors, friends
Staff at University of Minnesota Extension have published results of a survey that concludes that the majority of backyard gardeners get their planting and plant information informally -- most often from friends, neighbors and local garden centers. (2008-05-07)

Emotional well-being while home gardening similar to other popular activities, study finds
Princeton researchers found that gardening at home had a similar effect on emotional well-being (or happiness) as biking, walking or dining out. The benefits were similar across racial boundaries and between urban and suburban residents, and it was the only activity out of the 15 studied for which women and people with low incomes reported the highest emotional well-being. The results suggest that household gardens could be key to providing food security in urban areas and making cities more sustainable and livable. (2020-05-11)

Study examines facial fractures from recreational activity in adults 55 and older
Aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening activities are encouraged for older adults but there are implications for injury patterns and prevention. (2017-06-15)

Kids' gardens grow interest in science, nutrition
Kids who participate in gardening programs generally develop a greater interest in science, according to educators responding to a recent study by Texas Cooperative Extension. (2003-07-02)

Urban, home gardens could help curb food insecurity, health problems
Food deserts are an increasingly recognized problem in the United States, but a new study from the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, published by Elsevier, indicates urban and home gardens -- combined with nutrition education -- could be a path toward correcting that disadvantage. (2019-10-07)

Researchers assess contaminants in New York City's community gardens
While community gardens provide benefits including urban green space, opportunities for recreation, art expression, social gathering, and improved diets, urban gardening may also increase the opportunity for exposure to common urban soil contaminants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. (2015-12-07)

Urban gardeners may be unaware of how best to manage contaminants in soil
A lack of knowledge about the soil used for planting in urban gardens could pose a health threat for both consumers and gardeners. (2014-03-31)

Want more zest for life? Consider gardening!
New research makes a strong case for the benefits of gardening for older adults. The study of adults age 65 and older found that gardeners scored higher on a life satisfaction survey than respondents that did not participate in gardening. Older gardeners reported being more optimistic and having higher energy levels than their non-gardening counterparts, and rated their physical health as better -- all factors that add up to an increased quality of life. (2011-03-17)

Hydroponic gardening initiative for Boston youths blooms with NSF grant
A $250,000 NSF grant will allow Boston College professor of education Mike Barnett, the Salvation Army's Kroc Center and the Boston STEM Garden Initiative to launch Boston's largest youth hydroponic gardening project. Produce will be sold at neighborhood farmers' markets and used to feed the needy. (2012-10-02)

Children's gardens mushrooming
Researchers have discovered the secrets to enhancing youth participation in school- and community-based garden programs. A three-year study titled (2008-05-19)

Children's gardens mushrooming
Researchers have discovered the secrets to enhancing youth participation in school and community-based garden programs. A three-year study entitled (2007-10-31)

M. D. Anderson research links diet, gardening and lung cancer risk
By simply eating four or more servings of green salad a week and working in the garden once or twice a week, smokers and nonsmokers alike may be able to substantially reduce the risk of developing lung cancer, say researchers at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. (2007-12-07)

New research reveals how gardeners can dig for health, not injury
New research from Coventry University and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) reveals that a bad digging technique can as much as double the load on the joints in the body, leaving people susceptible to chronic injuries. (2018-01-08)

New research on community gardening reveals the roots of emotional and physical health
Jill Litt, Ph.D., author and associate professor at the University of Colorado School of Public Health and University of Colorado Boulder has been studying neighborhoods and health over the past decade. Litt 's research has shown that places such as community gardens matter in terms of neighborhood quality and people's health. (2011-06-20)

Spending time in the garden linked to better health and wellbeing
Spending time in the garden is linked to similar benefits for health and wellbeing as living in wealthy areas, according to a new large-scale study. (2020-05-05)

Community gardens may produce more than vegetables
People who community garden have a significantly lower body mass index -- and lower odds of being overweight or obese -- than do their non-gardening neighbors according to research at the University of Utah with local gardeners. (2013-04-18)

Space greens beat the blues
Plants in space are important to grow food, but they may also play a key role in maintaining the psychological well-being of space crews. The next frontier of space plant experimentation is to examine the psychological impact of plant life on astronauts. (2017-10-19)

Save urban bees
Nature lovers and green-fingered enthusiasts are urged to plant bee-friendly flowers to help ailing pollinator populations and to attract one of the many hundreds of bees due to be released later this summer from the rooftops of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in a competition launched by the London Pollinator Project. (2016-04-29)

Gardening to go: UH architecture professors introduce GroPODS
The innovative minds at UH Green Building Components have developed a solution for growing gardens in apartments and non-green business and residential spaces. UHGBC's GroPOD is a raised bed, modular gardening system that can easily be transported and used anywhere. (2011-06-29)

More Danish women are physically active than their European neighbors, but remain indifferent to sport
A new survey reveals that 1 in 3 Danish women did not play competitive sports or spend any time on intensive workouts such as running or cycling, in a given week. However, more Danish women were physically active than their European counterparts in Germany, France, Sweden and the UK, according to a new multi-national survey on sport and exercise habits. (2013-03-07)

Risk of lead poisoning from urban gardening is low, new study finds
A new University of Washington study looked at potential risks associated with growing vegetables in urban gardens and determined that the benefits of locally produced vegetables in cities outweigh any risks from gardening in contaminated soils. (2016-02-02)

German women are more physically active than their European counterparts yet remain indifferent to sport
A new survey reveals that 44 percent of German women did not play competitive sport or spend any time on intensive workouts such as running or cycling, in a given week. German women remain reluctant to devote any time to competitive sport, despite being more physically active than their European counterparts in Britain, Denmark, Sweden and France, according to a new multi-national survey on sport and exercise habits. (2013-03-07)

Allotment gardeners reap healthy rewards
People who have an allotment, especially those aged over 60, tend to be significantly healthier than those who do not. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Environmental Health have shown that the small gardens were associated with increased levels of physical activity at all ages, and improved health and well-being in more elderly people. (2010-11-22)

French women trailing behind their European neighbors when it comes to sport and exercise
French women are less likely to spend any time on physical activities including sport, exercise or even household chores, compared to women in Germany, Denmark, Sweden and the UK, according to a new survey. The multi-national survey on sport and exercise habits also reveals that more than 50 percent of French women did not play competitive sport or spend any time on intensive workouts such as running or cycling in a given week. (2013-03-07)

Forests under threat from exotic earthworm invasion
A recent study by Dara Seidl and Peter Klepeis of Colgate University in New York traces the ways in which humans are the principal agents of dispersal of exotic earthworms in the forests of Northern America. Their findings, published online in Springer's journal Human Ecology, suggest that humans spread earthworms both inadvertently via horticulture and land disturbance, in the tires and underbodies of vehicles, but also knowingly through composting and careless disposal of fish bait. (2011-09-01)

Despite Olympic fever, British women remain indifferent about sport
A new survey reveals that more than half of British women did not play competitive sport or spend any time on intensive workouts such as running or cycling, in a given week. Seven months on from the 2012 Olympics, British women are still less likely than their European counterparts to devote any time to competitive sport, with Britain trailing behind Germany, Denmark, Sweden and France, according to a new multi-national survey on sport and exercise habits. (2013-03-07)

Reservation project to grow health with gardens
The Growing Resilience project leverages tribal assets of land, family, culture and community health organizations to develop and evaluate home food gardens as a family-based health promotion intervention to reduce disparities suffered by Native Americans in nearly every measure of health (2015-08-18)

Successful aging: Keeping socially active, not just active, key to well-being
A researcher at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has found that, among the aged, the reason for participating in an activity may be as important as the activity itself. In fact, activities that just pass the time may have a negative effect. (1999-11-23)

Different kinds of physical activity shown to improve brain volume & cut Alzheimer's risk in half
A new study shows that a variety of physical activities from walking to gardening and dancing can improve brain volume and cut the risk of Alzheimer's disease by 50 percent. (2016-03-11)

Damselfish 'garden' algae
A species of damselfish, Stegastes nigricans, selectively weed the algal gardens on which they feed in order to encourage the growth of their preferred algal species of Polysiphonia and suppress the growth of less palatable algae. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology investigate the feeding preferences of damselfish and explore their diverse gardening systems across the Indo-West Pacific region. (2010-06-17)

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