I recently read an article in the newspaper (You know…that word-covered thing that gets delivered to your doorstep) about NATURE becoming a form of medicine.
Under a new initiative, doctors in western Michigan are prescribing visits to local parks along with traditional medicine to boost the health of their patients. The non-profit organization, PARK RX AMERICA, is hoping to spread the practice throughout the nation. Nature as a healer has become a hot topic for many folks looking for ways to stay healthy and reduce dependency on drugs for chronic conditions such as stress, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity.
A study, led by the Michigan doctors found that at least 20- 30 minutes of physical activity OUTSIDE OR INTERACTING WITH NATURE can reduce these health issues and make patients feel better, be happier.
Anyone can visit the Park Rx website and view over 8,000 parks in 34 states. Physicians can register through the website to prescribe parks for their patients.