A new research brief about mental health benefits of participating in gardening, consumption of fruits and vegetables among family caregivers of people with dementia in rural Southwestern Uganda has been published by IMMANA Fellow Herbert Ainamani.
It is clear in literature accruing from research in high income countries that participating in gardening and the consumption of fruits and vegetables prevent mental health symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress in both adults and children. However, this intervention is less well recognized by mental health practitioners, researchers and policy makers from low- and middle-income countries. This study found that participating in gardening activity and consumption of fruits and vegetables are associated with lower symptoms of depression and anxiety. Click here to read the publication from this study.