Nature and Health (07-14-20)

Eugenia South published an article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicinedetailing the important physical, mental, and social health benefits of spending time in nature.  A press release issued by the University of Pennsylvania states that “’We don’t learn about environmental contributors to health in medical school, and it is not part of traditional biomedical care,’ South said. ‘And yet, changing the neighborhood, including increasing nature access, has the potential to have a huge health impact on a lot of people. It is worth pursuing.’”  The release goes on to report that “studies . . . show that time in -- and even just the presence of -- nature can improve a community’s health, such as through a reduction in diabetes rates and stress-related conditions like heart disease. Moreover, other studies have shown that a lackof access to nature is tied to poorer outcomes, such as research that tied tree loss to increased cardiovascular and respiratory deaths. . . . vacant lot greening, which has been demonstrated by South and colleagues to reduce violent crime, increase social cohesion, and reduce feelings of depression for nearby community members.”

“Nature Access Requires Attention When Addressing Community Health News.”  2020.  Press release, University of Pennsylvania Medicine, https://www.pennmedicine.org/news/news-releases/2020/july/nature-access-...