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Nature: No App Required

Nature: No App Required


New Video Released by the Healthy US Collaborative Featuring Dr. Zarr

Commissioned by the TakeCare campaign | Directors: Jonathan Halperin, Mark Mannucci | Producer: Elizabeth Westrate

An otherwise healthy 15-year-old girl goes to the ER with chest pain and crushing headaches. The cause? Stress. Her prescription: 60-minutes outside, no electronics, every week.

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Park Rx America Featured in Outside Magazine!

Park Rx America Featured in Outside Magazine!


Science's Newest Miracle Drug is Free!

By Aaron Reuben

Doctor's have been encouraging their patients to go outside for millennia. Hippocrates called walking "man's best medecine." Han dynasty physicians encouraged outdoor "frolicking exercises" to ward off aging. And until the mid-1940s, tuberculosis patients were sent to mountain retreats to take in the "magic airs".

What's happening now is different. It's widespread, systematic, and, at least in aspiration, evidence based. Though boutique wilderness treatments for trauma and some behavioral disorders have existed for years, the idea that your primary-care physician, psychiatric nurse practitioner, or cardiologist might prescribe a park before a pill is quite new.

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Park Rx America Featured in TIME Magazine!

Park Rx America Featured in TIME Magazine!


A prescription you can't fill at the pharmacy

By Jamie Ducharme

Dr. Robert Zarr, a pediatrician in Washington, D.C., often prescribes therapies that don't come in a bottle or a pill pack. They're redeemable only outdoors, in the fresh air of a local park. These "nature prescriptions" - spend an hour each week playing tennis, for instance, or explore all the soccer fields near your home - might sound whimsical. But Zarr is serious about his scripts, which are recorded in his patients' electronic health records.

"The paradigm shift in the way we think about parks: not just as a place to recreate, but literally as a prescription, a place to improve your health," says Zarr, who writes up to 10 park prescriptions per day. In 2017 he founded Park Rx America to make it easier for more health professionals to write park prescriptions for patients of all ages, particularly those with obesity, mental-health issues, or chronic conditions like hypertension and Type 2 diabetes.

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NBC News: A dose of nature: doctors prescribe a day in the park for anxietyPark Rx America Featured on NBC's Nightly News!


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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In the News...

This preschool is taking kids out of the classroom and into the great outdoors


Scientists say nature therapies don't just feel good - they save trillions in health costs


Why doctors are increasingly prescribing nature

Why doctors are increasingly prescribing nature
by Cat Wise, PBS News Hour
Photo: PBS News Hour



Visiting a park boosts your happiness like Christmas morning, new research shows

Visiting a park boosts your happiness like Christmas morning, new research shows
by Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post
Photo: anyaberkut/iStockphoto



'Go for a walk and call me in the morning': How prescriptions for outdoors time are taking root

'Go for a walk and call me in the morning': How prescriptions for outdoors time are taking root
by Sarah Barker, Special for Star Tribune
Illustration: Lars Leetaru



Program elevates patients' health by encouraging any contact with the outdoors

Program elevates patients' health by encouraging any contact with the outdoors
by Governor Jay Inslee, Medium
Photo: Emily Halvorson



A walk in the park is just what the doctor ordered

A walk in the park is just what the doctor ordered
by Tom Banse
Photo: Tom Banse / NW News Network



Seeing greenery linked to less intense and frequent cravings

Seeing greenery linked to less intense and frequent cravings
by University of Plymouth
Photo: University of Plymouth



Leaves Of Grass: Views Of Greenery From Home, Work Help Reduce Harmful Cravings


Spend More Time Outside - Doctor's Orders

Spend More Time Outside - Doctor's Orders
By Cassidy Randall, Glamour



A new meaning for 'sick as a dog'? Your pet's health may tell you something about your own

A new meaning for 'sick as a dog'? Your pet's health may tell you something about your own
By Daphne Miller, The Washington Post
Photo: Ran Zheng/For The Washington Post



Doctors urged to prescribe woodland walks for mental health problems

Doctors urged to prescribe woodland walks for mental health problems
By Sally Robertson, B.Sc., News Medical
Photo: Denis Costille



Why doctors are prescribing nature to their patients

Why doctors are prescribing nature to their patients
By Wilson Criscione, Inlander
Photo: Young Kwak

Publications

A historical and critical analysis of park prescriptions - J. Joy James, Richard W. Christiana & Rebecca A. Battista, Journal of Leisure Research, June 2019

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

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


PODCASTS


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


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