Marriott Alumni Magazine

Summer 2014

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by the numbers by Spencer Wright A Healthy Harvest A Healthy Harvest Growing a garden isn’t all weed pulling and sweat. It’s a boon for your health—not to mention your dinner table. In fact, gardeners consume the recommended amount of fruits and veggies nearly twice as often as their non-planting peers. Here are six more reasons why you should toil in the soil. 79% The percentage of gardeners who have attended college. Whether you graduated this year or forty years ago, your brain still needs a workout. Gardening has been proven to reduce depression symptoms, and it has even been linked to a reduced risk of dementia. The physical activity along with the stress-reducing sights and smells of a garden combine to keep your thinker in tip-top shape. Source: CNN/National Gardening Association 35 The amount of calories in a medium-sized tomato. It’s not just your waistline that benefits from these red beauties. Tomatoes are also packed with health-boosting nutrients, including high-powered beta-carotene, which helps fight cancer, high blood pressure, headaches, and depression. To maximize your tomato plant’s output, prune flowers and withered leaves regularly. Source: The Ohio State University/WebMD

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