Children Have So Much To Gain From Gardening |

Added July 19, 2010, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Exercise, Parents

Encouraging children to learn and experience gardening boosts their development by helping them become happier, more confident and resilient as well as teaching children patience and the benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle. As parents, what are you waiting for? Whether you have a large garden, a back yard, a courtyard, a balcony or just a sunny window ledge, you can help your child to create a space for growing plants. A great way to go is to plant for all five ...


Children More Likely to Eat Fruit & Veggies if They Grow Their Own

Added March 23, 2017, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Exercise, How To, Parents

With spring time in the northern hemisphere once more, it is time to turn our thoughts to the outdoors, the garden and encouraging our children to help us grow our own food in the months ahead. The younger we start to give our children the opportunity to discover the delights of sowing, harvesting and eating their own produce, the better - and the more likely they are to enjoy fruit and veggies in their daily diet! How to create a child friendly ...


Gardening is the Perfect Natural Remedy for Anxiety, Aging & Loss of Attention

Added May 6, 2016, Under: Arthritis, Environment, Exercise, Health, Vitamin D

Even though I am not an especially knowledgeable gardener, I have enjoyed gardening for many years - and find it really beneficial to my health in so many ways. Top of the list has to be all that bending, weeding and digging to give you great exercise workouts. There is a great feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment at a job well done and the literal “cherry on the top” could be actual cherries as well of course other fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers ...


Do Young Children Today Have Enough Exercise?

Added August 31, 2015, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Exercise, Nutrition, Weight Loss

In the past children would spend hours outside playing with their friends - whatever the weather. They were also encouraged to participate in organized school sport, although not all children wanted to. The long summers without school meant children had the freedom to spend all day exploring. But in many cases, modern technology and a growing fear of keeping children safe has changed all that. Today, official figures indicate that (a) in the UK one in every four children in the ...


Improve Bone Density, Strength & Balance with Weight Lifting

Added September 9, 2019, Under: Diseases, Exercise, How To

The slow and controlled lifting of weights will increase bone density and make your muscles stronger. Studies have shown that strength training over a period of time can prevent bone loss - and even help to build new bone. Yes, weight training for osteoporosis, not just walking or doing aerobics, but lifting weights can help protect the bones and prevent osteoporosis-related fractures. The advice is to try and do regular weight training on three days a week but not on consecutive days - obviously to give your body a chance to rest ...


Time To Go Down To The Woods Again

Added May 25, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Exercise, Parents, Vitamin D

I remember a song from my childhood (Teddy Bear’s Picnic by Anne Murray) which went: If you go down in the woods today You're sure of a big surprise If you go down in the woods today You'd better go in disguise! For every bear that ever there was Will gather there for certain Because today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic. Picnic time for Teddy Bears The little Teddy Bears are having A lovely time today Watch them, catch them unawares And see them picnic on their holiday. See them gaily gad about They ...


The Allotment on the Hill (the Story of a Community Garden in England)

Added April 23, 2018, Under: Environment, Exercise, Nutrition

I have recently had my article (on our allotment) published in the Kitchen Garden magazine here in the UK.  The Kitchen Garden is much loved by those who want to grow their own fruit and vegetables - successfully. Allotment gardens are very popular in the UK - and readers in the USA would be more familiar with the name community garden. And this is what I wrote... Something on our background Bryan grew up helping his grandfather to grow vegetables at the family ...


Those Top Ten Fruits & Vegetables To Grow In Your Back Yard

Added June 22, 2017, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Exercise, How To, Top 10

The fashionable movement to grow your own food is constantly on the increase. But it is not just a fashion or a fad, it makes such good health sense too. Here are the top ten that you might find easier and satisfying to grow for yourself Carrots are rich in vitamin A and an excellent source of beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, luteolin, falcarinol and other flavanoids that prevent chronic inflammation. Children love to grow them too. Drill a hole in the soil around half an inch ...


Boost your Child’s Confidence and Health Benefits When They Cook in the Kitchen

Added May 8, 2017, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Exercise, How To

If children are given the chance to have a go at cooking, they really enjoy the opportunity - and if they happen to be picky eaters, they might well learn to become less fussy too. Learning to cook has become a new after school activity In some places in the UK, cookery classes are becoming as popular as judo, swimming or ballet and are helping to promote a love of healthy ingredients and an adventurous approach to eating - this is a ...


The Fine Line Between Washing Your Hands Too Often & Not Washing Them Often Enough

Added October 13, 2016, Under: Children's Health, Diseases, Environment, Health

When I looked after young children in a school situation, I always encouraged them to wash their hands with soap and warm water after using the bathroom and of course before sitting down to eat.  It is what you do to instill good habits and becomes part of the daily school routine. It also helps to avoid passing sniffles and tummy bug germs from one child to the other.  And this was long before the days of antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers. ...

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