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Regular visits to green spaces can lower need for prescription meds – study

Judy Siegel-Itzkovich of The Jerusalem Post reports on a new study that has linked nature and improved mental health.

The C3 Take
  • The study found that frequent green-space visits reduced the need for prescription drugs and lowered depression and anxiety levels in adults, regardless of income levels.
  • Similar studies have linked increased urban greenspace and lower levels of violent crimes in cities.
  • Nature is not only a powerful tool in addressing climate change, but it is also a powerful tool in improving mental health.

“Exposure to natural environments is thought to be good for health, but until now, the evidence has been inconsistent, wrote 10 researchers from the department of health security at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare in Kuopio. They published their findings in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine under the title ‘Cross-sectional associations of different types of nature exposure with psychotropic, antihypertensive and asthma medication.'”

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