Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Greening Yourself

How to get yourself to eat more veggies: Develop a green thumb. Gardeners consume more vegetables than people without gardens.
In honor of Earth Day, focus on getting you and your family to eat more vegetables. How? Plant a garden this year! It’s probably no surprise that researchers at Texas A&M University and Texas State University found gardeners, compared to people without green thumbs, are more likely to eat their veggies.

Other benefits of getting dirty: The survey also found that gardening increased life satisfaction and self-esteem in older adults. But it’s not just seniors who reap the rewards. Previous research at Texas A&M found that kids who got involved in gardening programs were more willing to try new fruits and vegetables. And you don’t need a big plot of land to grow your favorite crops. If you have a sunny outdoor spot, pot a few herbs or vegetable plants in a small container garden.

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