Master Gardener Associations all over the state do many great things. Here is a highlight from the 2013 Annual Report:
In April, the RMGA partnered with the local 46th Parallel Gardening Club, the Iron Co. Health Officer (and MGV) Zona Wick, and Iron Co. UW-Extension Nutrition Coordinator Joy Schelble to offer a program on gardening and arthritis for 35 people. Two short DVD programs, from the Wisconsin Arthritis Program and UW-Extension, showed the different types of tools that can make us more comfortable as we garden, some exercises that loosen up our muscles and joints before you start to work in your garden and improve body functions. While watching the DVD many of the attendees did exercises from their chairs. In addition, the Mediterranean Diet, which is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains that have anti-inflammatory properties, was promoted. There were some great samples to try: a barley salad, hummus with dried tomatoes, and fruit, nuts, and many vegetables, along with ginger and green tea that have anti-inflammatory properties.