How Gardening Can Help Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

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With the weather warming and the days becoming longer, we begin breaking out of our homes and shaking off the last dregs of winter. Americans enjoy a renewed interest in outdoor activities with the warmer weather—and while there’s no shortage of outdoor activities, gardening is one that can help boost physical activity levels as well as the number of veggies on your plate.

Gardening is a wonderful activity because it’s scaleable—if you have a small space, like an apartment, you can use window boxes to grow smaller plants like herbs, or find a community garden that has a plot that you can use. If your space is larger, you can grow vegetables like peppers and eggplants, and you might even want to try fruits like strawberries.

Regardless of your garden plot size, there are multiple reasons to start your own outdoor garden this Spring.

  • It’s a great way to move more.
  • Gardening can complement other ways of moving; it’s one great way for people to be active without venturing too far from home.
  • It’s fulfilling to see your plants sprout, grow and then to enjoy even a modest harvest.
  • Gardening can be a great way to teach children about the fun and responsibility involved in growing produce.
  • Fresh-picked produce is often at peak flavor and nutrient levels.

For more information on gardening, check out your local Cooperative Extension Office or Community Gardening.

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Author: Kirstie Kiefer

Kirstie Kiefer is Research and Policy Programs Manager at AICR.

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