Gardens and National Parks

Simply being outdoors in a garden can lift your spirits. Visiting a garden or park can give you a great sense of well-being, relax your mind and help reduce stress levels. Children and adults alike, find it rewarding to spend time in the garden tending plants and growing their own food. Children love to grow interesting plants such as sunflowers, tomatoes, strawberries and corn. For younger children, their first activities in the garden may be simply digging in the dirt and playing with mud.

Working in the garden provides benefits that include:

  • Enjoyment – from the physical activity
  • Exercise – improves your endurance, strength, mobility and flexibility, and mental health
  • Relaxation – helps you relax and reduce stress levels
  • Fresh food – provides you and your family with a healthy variety of inexpensive fresh food.

Find out more:  Gardens for all – a health activity - Better Health Channel