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A dose of nature: doctors prescribe a day in the park for anxiety

by Shamard Charles, MD

For many patients, like Lauren Huddle, 31, a big dose of Mother Nature is exactly what she needs after a stressful day.

"I have pretty bad anxiety and depression," said Huddle of Bellingham, Washington. "And I don't do well with pharmaceuticals, so my husband Nate would actually tell me all the time, 'just go outside, you'll feel so much better.'"

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Clinic and park partnerships for childhood resilience: A prospective study of park prescriptions - Nooshin Razani, Kian Niknam, Nancy M.Wells, Doug Thompson, Nancy K.Hills, Gail Kennedy, Rachel Gilgoff, George W. Rutherford, Health & Place, Elsevier, May 2019

A dose of nature: Tree cover, stress reduction, and gender differences - Bin Jiang, William Sullivan, Chun-Yen Chang, Landscape and Urban Planning, Elsevier, August 2014

Residential Green Space in Childhood is Associated with Lower Risk of Psychiatric Disorders from Adolescence into Adulthood. - Engemann et al. 2019, Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences (USA)

Factors Associated With Changes In Subjective Well-Being Immediately After Urban Park Visit - Hon K. Yuen & Gavin R. Jenkins, International Journal of Environmental Health Research

Building Healthy Community Environments: A Public Health Approach - Kirsten Koehler, PhD, Megan Latshaw, PhD, Thomas Matte, MD, MPH, Daniel Kass, MSPH, Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH, Mary Fox, PhD, Benjamin F. Hobbs, PhD, Marsha Wills-Karp, PhD, Thomas A. Burke, PhD, MPH, Public Health Report

Improving Health and Wellness through Access to Nature - APHA

The Relationship Between Trees and Human Health: Evidence from the Spread of the Emerald Ash Borer - Donovan, Geoffrey H.; Butry, David T.; Michael, Yvonne L.; Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Liebhold, Andrew M.; Gatziolis, Demetrios; Mao, Megan Y. 2013, American Journal of Preventative Medicine

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Shifting Gears: Engaging Nurse Practitioners in Prescribing Time Outdoors - Lois A. Wessel, MS, FNP-BC, The Journal for Nurse Practitioners

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Park Prescription (DC Park Rx): A New Strategy to Combat Chronic Disease in Children, 2017 - Journal of Physical Activity and Health

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