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  • Writer's pictureGreta Buyck Parkinson

Have you had your daily required amount of nature this week?

In a large-scale study by researchers at the University of Exeter, it was found that people who spent at least 120 minutes in nature once a week were significantly more likely to report having better health and a higher sense of mental and emotional wellbeing than those who didn't engage in nature during the week. Most often the nature encounters by participants in this study were within a two mile radius from their home. It didn't matter if the 120 minutes were achieved at one time or spread out during the week. This study used data from approximately 20,000 people which included both men and women of various ages, from differing socioeconomic groups, and even some with long term illnesses and disabilities. Bottom Line: Take advantage of this free and easily attainable prescription for your health. It amounts to a mere 17 minutes a day, and I can assure you it is one of the best stress relievers available. So put down those phones, and enjoy some time outdoors, either alone or with your family and friends! Commit to 120 minutes per week, and you will soon experience the benefits. Scientific Reports, 2019; 9 (1) DOI:10.1038/s41598-019-44097-3

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