Green Prescriptions

The health benefits of our natural environment are worth protecting, argues Dr John Van Der Kallen.

A healthy environment is central to human health. It provides us with clean air, water, food and a stable environment. As we become increasingly urbanised, it is easy to forget how much we are part of the natural world. We need to respect it more if we are to survive.

Nature can provide therapeutic benefits that can help our patients. The most well documented benefits have been in mental health. Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress, improve mood, reduce depression and anxiety and help children with learning and concentration. The effects are as good as many other therapies. "Green prescriptions" should be used as a therapeutic tool. Dose responses for both intensity and duration show large benefits from even short engagements.  Read more here.


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