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Expatriate Healthcare News: Gardening 'has health benefits'

Expatriate health insurance customers who enjoy spending time outside might be keen to know that there are health benefits in outdoor activities.

According to Donna McDaid, national secretary for the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners (NSALG), gardening and keeping an allotment brings financial and physiological benefits.

Ms McDaid remarked: "Just 30 minutes gardening can burn as many calories as aerobic exercise and can help prevent and tackle problems such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity."

The comments come after research from the NSALG revealed that the average cost of running a 250 square metre plot of allotment is £202 per annum and the minimum value of the produce worked out of the plot is around £1,564.

"You can also choose what you want to grow, how you wish to grow it and have a real sense of achievement knowing that you have grown something from seed and chemical free if you want to," added the secretary.

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