Springtime is a great time to plant a garden, and the health benefits can go beyond the nutritious fruits and vegetables you grow.
Studies have shown that people who grow gardens do eat more fruits and vegetables. A good place to start is by planting some vegetables from the cruciferous, or cabbage, family - things like spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts. All have strong cancer prevention qualities and they are easy to grow.
"It's great physical activity," adds dietician Kristin Kirkpatrick of the Cleveland Clinic. "So, you're getting out there, you're getting in the sun, which is going to give you some vitamin D. Americans are vitamin D
deficient to begin with and you're actually relieving stress."
Even if you don't have a yard, you can start by growing herbs in a pot on a windowsill or look for a community garden.