The Cornell Garden-Based Learning program piloted Garden Gym Gets You Growing at YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County in partnership with Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability in October 2016.
Garden Gym Gets You Growing features an innovative and effective approach that is available to people of all ages and abilities. It is gardening. Gardening involves developing skill in planning, goal setting, problem solving and physical activity through stretch, balance, weight-bearing and aerobic moves. It also can incorporate learning about food choice and nutrition. Practicing these skills in gardening can guide gardeners in building an individualized action plan for overcoming a sedentary lifestyle. Further, gardening is rarely one activity so it can always be changing. Gardens created with other people foster social inclusion and a sense of belonging. Different skill and ability levels can be incorporated into all activities and many activities associated with gardens can be incorporated into social events. Working side-by-side can also lead to breaking down barriers, opening peer-to-peer discussion, and creating accessibility in a community space.
More about food gardening at http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/vegetables
Recorded in November 2016. Run time is about 3 minutes.