Being active can make a real difference to our health. The World Cancer Research Fund has found strong evidence that ‘we could prevent about one in eight cases of bowel and breast cancers, and one in ten cases of womb cancer in the UK by being active for 30 minutes a day at least five times a week’.
All over Scotland there are community gardens bursting with home grown fruit and vegetables, laden with blooms and providing peaceful havens for members of the public to catch a bit of quiet time in. Volunteering in these gardens is a great way to keep physically active and eat well while being part of a social network. No expertise is needed – you just learn from those around you – although those with expertise in all sorts of fields are welcomed (marketing, events, finance, design, IT etc. etc!) to help grow the project.
And for any group starting out FCFCG Scotland (an umbrella group supporting and representing City Farms and Community Gardens) are piloting a mentoring scheme funded by the Big Lottery to provide expertise where needed.
Find a garden near you at https://www.farmgarden.org.uk/your-area/scotland and get active today…and every day!
This article was originally published in The SCPN Newsletter Volume 8, Issue 3. Read the digital newsletter below using Issuu, or feel free to download the PDF.View the PDF
In this issue: Achieving a tobacco-free generation by 2034 and improving the reach of Scotland’s cancer screening programmes are among the topics covered in Volume 8, Issue 3. In the science section we have the CUP report on Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Breast Cancer from World Cancer Research Fund, cancer incidence in Scotland and the latest cancer and lifestyle research roundup. We also have a recipe for watermelon and tomato breakfast salad to break things up!