Thursday, October 8, 2015

"Take Two ‘Doses of Nature’ & Call Me In The Morning

In the future, doctors may tell you take two ‘doses of nature’ and call in the morning - Washington Post

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Stop and smell the roses along the way, American singer-songwriter Mac Davis advised in a top 10 hit in the 1970s.

In the more than three decades Davis imparted that wisdom, numerous studies have confirmed the link between exposure to nature and improved physical, psychological and social well-being.

They have shown that greenery has been associated with reduced levels of asthma, improved healing times and even with making people more likely to exercise.

To address this demographic trend, a team of scientists has begun to study how to define a "nature dose" in an effort to develop recommendations for minimum levels of exposure in the same way doctors do for things like Vitamin D, vegetables or medicines.

At a macro level, that information could be used by public health experts, ecologists, sociologists, and urban planners to help figure out how to plan and manage cities in a way that could boost health outcomes.  Read more in the Washington Post...

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