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Can Gardening Prevent Cancer?

The health benefits of gardening are being studied.

“No matter where you go in the world, no matter what language they speak, people say there’s just something about it that makes them feel better,” says Jill Litt, a public health researcher and professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado Boulder.

To find out precisely why that is, Litt this spring launched one of the first-ever randomized controlled trials to explore the measurable health benefits of community gardening.

The three-year trial, funded with a $950,000 American Cancer Society Research Scholars grant, will include 312 participants over the course of three years.

Each season, half will be randomly assigned to join a community garden for the first time through the nonprofit Denver Urban Gardens, while half will remain on a wait list until the following year. Both groups will be screened before planting time, harvest time, and the following spring to determine their body mass index (BMI), consumption of fruits and vegetables, physical activity levels (as measured by accelerometers they wear on their thigh), levels of stress and anxiety, and other health measures.

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