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Stand Against Sitting

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the average American sits for 6-8 hours per day. Research indicates that sitting for long periods of time is linked to increased risk for heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

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Unfortunately, many jobs today require us to be at
our desk, glued to a computer. There are simple ways to avoid sitting for these extended periods of time, such as remembering to stand up every hour, going on walks during breaks and getting at least 30 minutes of exercise per day.

A unique solution to this daunting problem is on-site corporate wellness gardens. A garden at work offers a creative opportunity to learn how to plant, maintain and harvest food, while getting fresh air, interacting with coworkers and getting active.

Why Gardening?

Not only is gardening a great way to stay active, but it can also reduce stress. Getting regular exercise and staying relatively stress-free is an effective way to prevent heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Gardening directly targets the diseases that are being caused by sitting for long periods of time. With that being said, having an on-site garden at work promotes health and wellness, while providing employees with an opportunity to gain new skills and meet new people.

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare garden

Install a Garden and Get Credit

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a third-party certification program for green buildings developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Sites with an on-site vegetable garden are eligible for up to 6 LEED credits in four categories. The LEED guide outlines the criteria for accreditation. Help the community you work or live in, and get credit for it!

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