A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Utah showed that the health benefits of a community garden go far beyond the fresh fruits and vegetables added to your diet.
After studying the body mass index data of 198 community gardeners and their same-sex siblings, spouses and neighbors, researchers found they had lower BMIs than their non-gardening counterparts. They were also less likely to be obese or overweight.
When a gardener’s BMI, a measure of body fat, was compared to their non-gardening spouse’s BMI, the researchers found no discernible difference. This led them to conclude that the spouses were benefiting from the harvested food and possibly helped out in the garden. Results were reported April 18 in the American Journal of Public Health.