Gardening for health and wellness really measures up in new statistics.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), moderate-intensity level activity for 2.5 hours each week can reduce the risk for obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, depression, and more. Gardening can help you achieve those 2.5 hours!
Gardening is also a proven stress reliever and can add to your mental clarity and feelings of reward. Stress can cause irritability, headaches, stomach aches, and heart attacks. Let the stress go as you watch your plants grow and flourish in any type of space. Gardening can be adapted to your individual needs easily to provide a perfect environment to let your mind relax and your creativity flow.
In addition to health benefits, gardening can increase property value and save money when grocery shopping. Food gardening can be particularly gratifying and the quickest source of fresh produce, right outside! Any garden, big or small, has endless possibilities.
Scan through the video topics to get started on your gardening for wellness journey.
Therapeutic Gardening Videos
Therapeutic horticulture at Missouri Botanic Gardens:
Horticultural therapy at Skyline Trail:
Social and therapeutic horticulture at Coventry University:
Horticultural therapy - Growing vegetables for physical and mental well-being (UCANR - cal state Chico)
UF/FAS research - therapeutic horticulture
Social and therapeutic horticulture for palliative care
Therapeutic gardening program for veterans with PTSD
Therapeutic gardening for incarcerated adults
Growing Opportunities garden at Girls Rehabilitation Facility (San Diego Master Gardener program)
Horticultural therapy provides clients with a connection to nature
More Sustainable Yard, More Sustainable You
As you watch, think of opportunities to look in your yard and breathe; turn some dirt and get moving; and take some me-time.
Growing Vegetables for Physical and Mental Well-Being
Besides their value in human nutrition, vegetables and other specialty crops can provide physical and mental benefits for the people who grow them. A trained horticultural therapist can facilitate social, therapeutic, and vocational benefits that promote self-efficacy, physical well being, and independence. Click the video below to follow Professior Lee Altier as he guides you through the horticultural therapy process and shows you great tips to creating a space of well-being.