Everyone knows a walk in the woods is good for the body and the mind. Now, as data on the health perks accumulate, doctors are promoting – or even prescribing – time in nature. "Hundreds of studies demonstrate that exposure to nature, and particularly outdoor exercise, is good for your health," says Sara Newman, director of the National Park Service Office of Public Health, which supports the National ParkRx initiative developed by a group of doctors and park agencies to encourage the use of natural spaces for purposes like losing weight, improving chronic health conditions, and lowering sky-high stress rates linked to depression and anxiety.
|Dr. Bill FitzPatrick
A side benefit, says Albuquerque podiatrist Dr. Bill FitzPatrick: "It often starts a cascade of healthy activities – nutrition and other exercises, such as resistance training." About 50 percent of his participating patients "fill" their nature prescriptions, he says, and those with diabetes often improve their A1C levels, a measure of blood-sugar control over time.
Source: Beth Howard, US News & World Report [9/5/18]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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