About 815 Outside Rx
A healthy lifestyle includes spending time in nature. Countless studies show time spent outdoors can improve mood, reduce stress, and support the immune system. All people benefit from time spent in nature. Recent research suggests that everyone should aim to spend at least two hours outside throughout the week.
You don’t have to workout to get health benefits from being outdoors. Activities such as picnicking, journaling, watching birds, listening to a creek, or walking with others can bring you new perspective and a sense of calm.
815 Outside is a local partner of the national non-profit Park Rx America, whose mission is to decrease the burden of chronic disease, increase health and happiness, and foster environmental stewardship, by virtue of prescribing Nature during the routine delivery of healthcare by a diverse group of health care professionals.
- What is Park Rx America?
- What is 815 Outside?
- What research supports nature prescriptions?
- How does 815 Outside Rx work?
- Why is Park Rx needed in Winnebago County?
- Where can I ask further questions about 815 Outside Rx?
- Can I ask my medical provider to give me nature prescriptions?
The 2003 study “Nearby Nature” published in the Environment and Behavior Journal by two researchers from Cornell University found nature helps to lessen the negative impacts of stressful life events.
In 2009, the Journal of Attention Disorders published a randomized controlled trial that found walking in parks improved focus in children with attention deficits.
Published in 2015 in the Landscape and Urban Planning journal, researchers at Stanford University found spending time in nature decreased anxiety, rumination, and negative affect.
A 2019 study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found group walks in nature are significantly associated with lower levels of depression.
Nature activities are not meant to replace medical advice or therapy, but be a complimentary or preventative part of a patient’s treatment plan.
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