Want your children to be more mature, make healthier food choices, and be more active? Try gardening!

One study found third to fifth graders who participated in a gardening program had increased self-awareness and teamwork skills compared to students who did not participate.

There is also a growing body of research that indicates children who grow their own food are more likely to prefer and eat fruits and veggies.

A recent study from South Korea found gardening can qualify as a moderate to high-intensity activity for children. Digging and raking were two activities which were deemed high-intensity.

A survey of participants in community gardening programs found children in the programs were more likely to bond with their parents and other adults.

The survey also found these children felt a greater sense of community from working in the gardens.

That's something to think about next time you're out pulling weeds alone.