Growing Health has been identifying useful examples and evidence relating to the health and wellbeing benefits of food growing.
There are many examples of projects in local communities, as well as others that target particular groups such as people with mental health problems, physical impairments, people with long term conditions, learning difficulties or in recovery and rehabilitation. These are used in a range of therapeutic and community settings.
If you are healthcare professional and are looking for further information to assist you in your work, click on the links below:
- Evidence - health and wellbeing benefits of food growing
A summary of the evidence and factsheets showing how food growing can improve health and wellbeing for certain population groups. Plus information on the social return on investment.
- Case studies
Examples of current projects which use food growing in the community to provide a health benefit and have been commissioned to provide this service
Growing Health posters presented in 2015
- Public Health England Conference 15-16 Sept, Growing Health: Using community food growing to deliver public health outcomes
- Royal College of GPs Conference 1-3 Oct, Growing Health – making gardening and food growing a natural choice for your patients
- Kings Fund Bringing together housing and public health; enabling better health and wellbeing 21st Oct, Gardens for Life – using community based food growing in Tower Hamlets to deliver public health outcomes
Growing Health: Growing Health is a national project run by Garden Organic and Sustain, which is funded by the Tudor Trust, to see how community food growing can be routinely used by the health and social care services as a way of promoting health and wellbeing for a range of individuals and population groups.
You can get involved
We are keen to hear from anyone interested in or running a project that links community food growing with health and wellbeing or looking to develop this area.
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