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Could gardening lower your risk of cancer? A Colorado researcher aims to find out

Wally Gallaher, left, age 90 gets some help from By Cha, who helps pull up some of the weeds that have crept in while he was on vacation. Member gardeners gather at the Arvada Community Garden.

University of Colorado Boulder study measures health of community gardeners in Denver area

By Danika Worthington
The Denver Post
September 21, 2017

Excerpt:

A green thumb may lower your risk of cancer.

Don’t believe it? You’re not the only one. Which is why a University of Colorado Boulder researcher is setting out to find hard evidence during a three-year clinical trial that will measure a variety of health factors in 312 participants who will be introduced to community gardening for the first time.

“We tend to intervene from the top down,” CU Boulder professor Jill Litt said of programs to improve physical inactivity and poor diets. “You need solutions from the ground up to meet people where they’re at.”

Litt said that throughout more than a decade of researching community gardening, people regularly say they there’s something about it that makes them feel better.

Her previous observational surveys found that gardeners eat 5.7 servings of fruits and vegetables on average per day compared to 3.9 for non-gardeners. They tend to have lower body mass index. They also report an average of 2.6 days of poor mental or physical health in the past month compared to the national average of 6.2 days.

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