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Gardening with Arthritis—It Doesn't Have to Hurt!

Category: 2020
Author: Laura Akgerman
Institution Affiliation: Ohio AgrAbility

Nearly 1 in 4 American adults report arthritis symptoms, in rural communities, nearly 1 in 3 adults are impacted by arthritis. The highest rates of arthritis are found among women, older adults, smokers, adults with less education, higher body mass index, and those who are less physically active.

Of those affected by arthritis, nearly half report arthritis limits activity. Physical activity can decrease pain and improve physical function by up to 40%, but it may be intimidating for people with chronic pain.

What is an alternative to traditional exercise? Gardening.

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