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    Consider gardening during this time of Social distancing!

    As many of us practice social distancing and self-isolation, you may be looking for a productive and positive way to use your time and maintain a sense of normalcy. Considering joining the gardening movement; it's a great way to pass the time. Gardening can save you money and reduce your reliance on grocery stores.


    Plus growing your garden is good for your health. Whether you are planting indoors, in your backyard, a schoolyard or a community garden, there are significant health and wellness benefits to having a green thumb. Here are just a few:


    1. Gardening reduces stress and improves mental health. Time and again, research indicates that gardening has a positive effect on our mental health. Gardening helps us relax and is often associated with peacefulness by enabling us to escape from the stressors of the day. Plus, working in nature releases happy hormones by increasing serotonin and dopamine while lowering cortisol a hormone associated with stress.

    2. Gardening is also good exercise. Gardening is considered a moderate-intensity exercise. One hour of gardening and yard work burns about 330 calories, this is more than walking at a moderate pace for the same amount of time.

    3. Gardening can help you eat healthier. Studies show that people who grow their vegetables are more likely to eat them. This helps you and your family develop lifelong healthy eating habits, including consuming recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables.


    Want to get started with gardening but don't know where to start? Visit our centremoves.org for information, resources, and tips to get you started.