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Description:This woman was spending some time outdoors on a sunny day working in her yard. At this point in her activity, she had added some newly-purchased pansies to some holes she’d just dug with a hand trowel, and was watering these plants. She had applied sunscreen to the sun-exposed skin of her face, and chose to wear a long-sleeved shirt and denim pants, all of which would help to protect her from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. She was also wearing a pair of glasses, a scarf and gloves to protect her eyes, scalp and hands respectively.

Gardening can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get physical activity, beautify the community, and grow nutritious fruits and vegetables. Whether you are a beginner or expert gardener, health and safety are important.

Dress to protect.

Gear up to protect yourself from lawn and garden pests, harmful chemicals, sharp or motorized equipment, insects, and harmful rays of too much sun.
- Wear safety goggles, sturdy shoes, and long pants when using lawn mowers and other machinery.

- Protect your hearing when using machinery. If you have to raise your voice to talk to someone who is an arm's length   away, the noise can be potentially harmful to your hearing.

- Wear gloves to lower the risk for skin irritations, cuts, and certain contaminants.

- Protect yourself from diseases caused by mosquitoes and ticks. Use insect repellent containing DEET. Wear long-   sleeved shirts, and pants tucked in your socks. You may also want to wear high rubber boots since ticks are usually   located close to the ground.

- Lower your risk for sunburn and skin cancer. Wear long sleeves, wide-brimmed hats, sun shades, and sunscreen with   sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Amanda Mills
Creation Date:2011
Photo Credit:Amanda Mills
Links:CDC – Office of Women’s Health; Family Health: Gardening Health and Safety Tips
CDC - National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity; Physical Activity for Everyone: How much physical activity do older adults need?
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