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Reported February 3, 2014

Gardening can be High-Intensity Activity for Children

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Gardening activities may constitute as a moderate- to high-intensity activity for children as well, according to a new study from South Korea.

Researchers studied 17 children while they performed 10 gardening tasks for five minutes each, with a five minute break in between. The children were hooked up to calorimeters and heart rate monitors, and researchers found digging and raking were considered high-intensity activities based on the results of the two devices. The other eight activities included weeding, mulching, hoeing, sowing seeds, harvesting, and watering, and were all considered moderate-intensity activities. They hope the results can inform and guide development of gardening-based initiatives to teach children healthy lifestyles.

For more information, go to: http://ashs.org/pressrelease/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1317:gardening-provides-high-to-moderate-physical-activity-for-children&catid=2:horttechnolgy&Itemid=4

SOURCE: HortTechnology, January 2014

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