There are many health benefits associated with time in green spaces. Below is a summary of some as described in A Dose of Nature evidence report by the University of Exeter.
•Can reduce the experience of pain.
•Can improve immune function
•Can protects against cardiovascular disease
•Helps to lower blood pressure Relief from acute stress
•Improves self- esteem
•Can speed up recovery from illness or injury
•Benefits those suffering depression/anxiety
•Helps tackle loneliness
•Reduces ADHD symptoms in children
•Improved cognitive ability in children
•Can prevent and manage diabetes
•Access to the outdoors in early life can lead to improved health outcomes in later life
•Promotes physical activity
•Can contribute to weight loss
Testimonials from Highland Health Practitioners:
Dr Alistair Appleby - Aviemore Medical Practice
- a Highland GP practice piloting green health referrals.
GP Finlay Wild discusses the health benefits of green space from Fort William.