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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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PUBLICATIONS


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

In the News...

Oliver Sacks: The Healing Power of Gardens

Oliver Sacks: The Healing Power of Gardens
By Oliver Sacks, New York Times
Photo: Charlie Rubin for The New York Times



If you want to feel happier, just spend 20 minutes in nature

If you want to feel happier, just spend 20 minutes in nature
By Noel Kirkpatrick, MNN
Photo: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images



This 'Pill' Can Dramatically Cut Your Stress In Just 20 Minutes

This 'Pill' Can Dramatically Cut Your Stress In Just 20 Minutes
By Kelly Gonsalves, mindbodygreen
Photo: Raymond Forbes LLC / Stocksy



A Healthy Dose of Nature

A Healthy Dose of Nature
By Dan Protess, WTTW Chicago
Photo: Sean Keenehan



Greener Childhood Associated With Happier Adulthood

Greener Childhood Associated With Happier Adulthood
By Jonathan Lambert, NPR
Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/AFP/Getty Images



Take it outside: More doctors writing 'nature prescriptions'

Take it outside: More doctors writing 'nature prescriptions'
By Jamie Ducharme, Time Magazine
Photo: Getty Images



The Power of Trees

The Power of Trees Video
From The Nature Conservancy, City Habitats program



Developing a Park Prescription Program for Your Community

Developing a Park Prescription Program for Your Community
By J. Joy James, Ph.D., Becki Battista, Ph.D., and Richard W. Christiana, Ph.D., NRPA Magazine



Prescribing nature for improved health makes an economic case for the Land and Water Conservation Fund


The Secret to Good Health May Be a Walk in the Park

The Secret to Good Health May Be a Walk in the Park
By Jane E. Brody, New York Times
Photo by Gracia Lam



How biophilia can improve your life

How Biophilia Can Improve Your Life
By Russell McLendon, Mother Nature Network
Photo by Tirta Perwitasari/Shutterstock


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