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Cultivating Healthier Diabetic Food Options Though Home Gardening

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Michael Salazar

on 28 October 2013

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Transcript of Cultivating Healthier Diabetic Food Options Though Home Gardening

Tip 1
Setting Personalized Smart Goals
Cultivating Healthier Diabetic Food Options Though Home Gardening
Dress To Protect
Benefits of Home Gardening
Put Safety First
Limit distractions, use chemicals and equipment properly.

Follow instructions and warning labels on chemicals and lawn and garden equipment.

Make sure equipment is working properly.

Sharpen tools carefully.

Keep harmful chemicals, tools, and equipment out of children's reach.
Tip 2
Know Your Limits In The Heat
Monitor your activities and time in the sun to lower your risk for heat-related illness.

Stay hydrated, make an effort to drink plenty of fluids.

Avoid drinking liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar, especially in the heat.

Take breaks often.

Pay attention to signs of heat-related illness.

Watch people who are at higher risk for heat-related illness.

Eat healthy foods to help keep you energized.
Physical Activity And Disabilities
Talk to your health care provider if you have physical, mental, or environmental concerns that may impair your ability to work in the garden safely.

If you have arthritis, use tools that are easy to grasp and that fit your ability.

If you are taking medications that may make you drowsy or impair your judgment or reaction time, don’t operate machinery, climb ladders, or do activities that may increase your risk for injury.

Listen to your body.

Call 911 if you get injured.
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Enjoy The Benefits of Physical Activity
Gardening is an excellent way to get physical activity. Active people are less likely than inactive people to be obese or have high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, depression, colon cancer, and premature death.

Be active for at least 2 hours a week.You can burn 150 calories by gardening (standing) for approximately 30-45 minutes.

If you have been inactive, start out with just a few minutes of physical activity each day.
Get Vaccinated
All adults should get a tetanus vaccination every 10 years. Tetanus lives in the soil and enters the body through breaks in the skin. Because gardeners use sharp tools, dig in the dirt, and handle plants with sharp points, they are particularly prone to tetanus infections.

Before you start gardening this season, make sure your tetanus/diphtheria (Td) vaccination is up to date.

Ask your health care provider if you need any other vaccinations.
Gear up to protect yourself from lawn and garden pests, harmful chemicals, sharp or motorized equipment, insects, and harmful rays of too much sun.

Wear safety goggles, sturdy shoes, and long pants when using lawn mowers and other machinery.

Protect your hearing when using machinery.

Wear gloves to lower the risk for skin irritations, cuts, and certain contaminants.

Protect yourself from diseases caused by mosquitoes and ticks.

Lower your risk for sunburn and skin cancer.
Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/family/gardening/
Retrieved from http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/phy_act.htm
Retrieved from http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/counties/perry/Documents/2012%20WIA%20Conference%20Proceedings/WIA%20conference%20proceedings%203%201%2012%20Gardening%20for%20the%20Health%20of%20It.pdf
Specific: Exactly what would you like to achieve with this activity?

Measurable: How are you going to track your progress?

Action: What are you going to do to start this activity?

Realistic & Relevant: Are your objectives realistic and relevant to this activity?

Time Based: Your objective should include a time limit, When do you want to start this activity.
Fresh healthy food
Knowing what is in your food.
Control over what your eating by growing crops you and your family enjoy.
Physical activity.
Share what you grow with others to obtain a greater variety of produce.
Improvements in health by introducing fresh vegetables to your diet.
Lower grocery bills.
Greater family involvement
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