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Gardening Leads to Better Eating Habits, Quality of Life

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Older adults who spend time gardening are more likely to eat healthier foods, and report better quality of life and higher energy levels than other seniors who don’t garden.

Texas A&M and Texas State University conducted a survey of nearly 300 adults age 50 and over. 

  • Respondents who spent time gardening were more likely to be energetic, healthy and optimistic about the future.
  • 84% said they had made plans for things they will be doing in one month or one year, while only 68% of non-gardeners had made similar plans.
  • When asked whether they agree or disagree with the statement “I feel old and tired,” 70.9% of gardeners disagreed, while only 54.3% of non-gardeners disagreed.

Older adults also reported significantly better eating habits, consuming more fruits and vegetables than those who did not. Their study appears in the journal HortTechnology.

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