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Learning to Grow Your Own Food Comes with a Host of Benefits

Learning to Grow Your Own Food Comes with a Host of Benefits

How Gardening Allows Combat Veterans to Blossom
 

With the summer months upon us, it is a great time to think about gardening. The good news is that learning to grow your own food comes with a host of benefits. The benefits are so good that it’s being recommended as an activity for veterans to engage in, especially if they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or combat-related stress. The more people learn about the good that can result, the more they may be staking off a plot in the yard to get planting.

How Gardening (and other Complementary Therapies) Help Veterans

How Gardening (and other Complementary Therapies) Help Veterans

Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness delivers a variety of complementary therapies in their free combat stress recovery programs

 

According to research published in the journal Psychiatry Investigation, engaging in horticulture therapy (gardening) helps reduce pain, improves attention, reduces stress and agitation, and lowers the usage of medications. Additionally, the University of Florida reports that horticulture therapy improves bodies, minds, and spirits, and has been used for centuries. For all of these reasons, horticulture is one of the complementary alternative therapies that is being used to help the many combat veterans suffering from such conditions as post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, and physical injuries.

You are What You Eat: Master Aesthetician and Pediatrician Weigh in

You are What You Eat: Master Aesthetician and Pediatrician Weigh in

You are What You Eat: Master Aesthetician and Pediatrician Weigh in on the Benefits of Healthy Eating

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in the United States, 18% of children between the ages of 6 – 11 years old and 1/3 of adults are obese. Now more than ever, it is vital to teach children the benefits of eating healthy and how eating right can have a positive impact on your overall health and skin. This September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and Crystal Wellman, master aesthetician and owner of Crystal Clear Acne Clinic, will collaborate with Dr. Yum of the Dr. Yum Project to educate children on the importance of eating right and the best foods to eat for your health and skin.

The Aquaponics Source Announces Spring Launch of “AquaMini Systems”

 The Aquaponics Source Announces Spring Launch of “AquaMini Systems”

Most people experience stress while at work, and finding a way to reduce it may be as easy as taking along a pet to the office. In fact, according to a study in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, the presence of dogs at work decreases stress levels in the workplace. Unfortunately, most offices do not allow pet owners to bring their pups to work. The Aquaponic Source offers a new solution that keeps bosses happy and will help to reduce stress - take fish to work. This month, with the release of three new AquaMini Systems, people can not only have a fish tank at the office, but a full eco-system with flowers or herbs.

5 Ways to Make Effective Food Production Changes this Earth Day

5 Ways to Make Effective Food Production Changes this Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day, a time that people around the world officially celebrate the planet we all call home. It’s also the anniversary of the birth of what is believed to be the modern day environmental movement, with the first Earth Day taking place in 1970. Each year the celebration serves as a reminder of how we could do better to help care for, preserve, and protect our planet. The good news is that even making small changes can add up to big results.

“Many of us live our lives trying to lighten our footprint all year, but Earth Day gives us a yearly reminder to look at trying to do something even better,” explains Sylvia Bernstein, president of The Aquaponics Source, and author of the book “Aquaponics Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together” (New Society Publishers, October 2011). “If even a small percentage of us started aquaponic gardens it could really add up and lead to a lot of positive results for the planet as a whole.”

Environmental Education Week Ideal for Teaching About Sustainable Food Sources

Environmental Education Week Ideal for Teaching About Sustainable Food Sources

As the majority of the United States has been buried in snow for the long winter, most scientists are citing global warming. The erratic weather patterns call for our children to be as educated as possible to keep our planet sustainable for years to come. A fun and engaging way to teach children about our global ecosystem is to create your own with an aquaponics system.

“Aquaponics combines aquaculture with hydroponics to raise fish and grow plants simultaneously,” affirms Sylvia Bernstein, president of The Aquaponic Source, and author of the book “Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together” (New Society Publishers, October 2011). “It’s an accessible, interactive way to teach kids about ecosystems and responsibility, especially during a week as important as Environmental Education Week.”

5 Reasons to Get Youth Active in Gardening

5 Reasons to Get Youth Active in Gardening

April is National Gardening Month, making it an ideal time to consider starting a garden. In fact, those who do will be joining some 43 million other homes in the country whose owners maintain a garden, according to the National Gardening Association. It is also a good time to consider getting children active in gardening since they are increasingly spending more time indoors, with their faces turned toward electronics. There are many benefits that kids can gain from getting into gardening.