The scientific reasons you should resolve to start gardening in 2023

Cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes remain some of the most important public health challenges worldwide. Could non-communicable and other chronic diseases be alleviated through nature-based community interventions? More specifically, can community gardening reduce these common health risks?

Our project leader, Dr. Jill Litt, has conducted the first-ever, randomized, controlled trial of community gardening to answer those questions. The results have been published in the Lancet Planetary Health journal!


The trial shows that participating in a community garden can improve behavioral health through diet, physical activity and reduce stress and anxiety.

A news release from University of Colorado Boulder is also available here.

☝️ This trial laid the groundwork for RECETAS!

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