Here’s your monthly dose of Parkscriptions articles and inspiration:
The benefits of nature have been with us from the dawn of our species, though it slips our mind as we are absorbed in a world of flashing gadgets and blaring televisions
Why Address Technology Addiction, Nature Deficit Disorder, Plastic in the Ocean– Art Predator byGwendolyn Alley
Students are addicted and glued to their phones, when they are texting and playing video games during class, when they feel phantom vibrations from cell phone messages that don’t exist, when they are experiencing depression and mental health issues, when they don’t make good choices about priorities, when democracy itself is threatened.
The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise– Help Guide by Lawrence Robinson, Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., and Melinda Smith, M.A
Outdoor activities like hiking, sailing, mountain biking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and skiing (downhill and cross-country) have also been shown to reduce the symptoms of PTSD.
The Mental Health Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors– Challenge the Storm by Alex Hanna
Sunlight can fill your body and mind with a feeling of well-being. Various studies 3, 4, 5 have shown that exposure to natural light can help improve your mood and improve your self-esteem. Mother Nature’s outdoor playground is the perfect antidote to a blue mood.
A “parkscription” from your doctor has multiple health benefits– Family Care Network
Joining a growing movement recognizing the health benefits of time spent outdoors, North Sound Family Medicine is using the Parkscriptions program to help patients find new and innovative ways to address health problems.
From Precision Nutrition:
Jane is our Program Manager for Parkscriptions and is currently studying Environmental Psychology at Western Washington University. She just came back from a year abroad in Tasmania, Australia, but now you can find her out climbing, biking, skiing or running anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Growing up in the great state of Washington, Jane wants to help people get outside and enjoy all this place has to offer!