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Learn About Benefits of Homegrown Produce

An IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Release

— MUNCIE--Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital, in partnership with Minnetrista, will sponsor a display booth promoting healthy eating and growing your own produce at home, 4 pm to 9 pm Monday, July 15 to Saturday, July 20, at the Delaware County Fair.

A pallet garden will be on display, along with instructions for building your own raised pallet garden at home, along with other information about healthy eating and lifestyles.

“Fresh fruits and vegetables are not only full of vitamins and antioxidants, they are also low in calories but high in fiber, which will help you feel full and less prone to overeating or snacking,” said Mandy Puckett, MA, RD, CD, weight management program coordinator, IU  Health Ball Memorial Hospital Bariatric Center. “There are so many long-term benefits to a diet high in fruits and vegetables, including reduced risk for cancer and many other chronic conditions."

"We also want to emphasize gardening, which gets participants out in the sunshine and fresh air. Studies have also shown that a combination of mental and physical activity such as gardening lowers the risk of dementia and other cognitive afflictions.”

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