Gardening is good for health
In a survey by garden company W. Atlee Burpee on the perceived benefits of gardening, an overwhelming majority reported gardening to be good for managing stress, staying fit and making healthy food choices.
And in apparent agreement with first lady Michelle Obama, 79 percent of the respondents said America's obesity problem could be lessened over time if more people took up vegetable gardening.
In other results, more than three times as many respondents felt vegetable gardening was more beneficial to the environment than driving a hybrid. And almost 94 percent said children who vegetable garden are more likely to eat vegetables.
Here are details from the survey:
- 95 percent of respondents said that having a vegetable garden makes it easier for them to make healthy food choices. Among the reasons: easy access to fresh foods, more affordable than store-bought, better flavor than store-bought.
- 60 percent said they believe some people make unhealthy food choices to cope with stress.
- And 97 percent said they would rather spend 30 minutes a week vegetable gardening than standing in line at a supermarket or ordering takeout.