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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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PUBLICATIONS


Effect of Park Prescriptions with and without Group Visits to Parks on Stress Reduction in Low-Income Parents: SHINE Randomized Trial - Nooshin Razani, Saam Morshed, Michael A. Kohn, Nancy M. Wells, Doug Thompson, Maoya Alqassari, Amaka Agodi, George W. Rutherford, Plos One

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

What About the Trees? Trees as Nature-Based "Shade Sails" - American Public Health Association

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

Environmental Health Perspectives, 2015 - NIH

Prescribing Parks for Better Health SUCCESS STORIES - NRPA


WEBINARS


Park Rx America: Doctors prescribing parks to prevent and treat chronic disease [36MB]
Robert Zarr, MD, MPH, Park Rx Director, Unity Health Care, Inc., National Park Rx Advisor, National Park Service


BLOGS


"WHY I PRESCRIBE NATURE" - In D.C., Pioneering Pediatricians Offer New Hope and Health Through Park Rx
By Robert Zarr MD, Park Rx America

Pediatrician, Parks Improve Child Health
By Mary Sebold, Sebold Communications


POCASTS


Bringing Health and Nature to the Public Realm
With Stella Tarnay, Tamberly Conway, Robert Zarr MD and John Henderson

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