Monday, 27 June 2016

Study Finds a Short Walk in Nature Helps Reduce Risk of Heart Diseases, Depression


Dose of Nature is Just What the Doctor Ordered
A new study led by The University of Queensland (UQ) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) suggests that visiting parks and other green spaces could potentially reduce risk of developing high blood pressure and poor mental health.
A 30-minute walk in the woods each week can help reduce depression and high blood pressure while enhancing mental health, a study has found. 
The findings showed that people who made long visits to green spaces had lower rates of depression and high blood pressure and those who visited more frequently had greater social cohesion.
Visits to outdoor green spaces of 30 minutes or more during the course of a week could reduce the prevalence of depression by up to 7 per cent and high blood pressure by 9 per cent.
Further, spending more time outdoors may especially benefit children.
Visiting parks has been long known to be good for our health, but there has been almost no guidance on how much or how frequently people need to engage with nature, and what types or characteristics of nature need to be incorporated in cities for the best health outcomes.
The study, published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, examines the associations between the duration, frequency and intensity of exposure to nature and health in an urban population.

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