May dose of Parkscriptions inspiration

There is so much research coming out of why it’s beneficial to spend time outside that we wanted to share it with you. Here are some of the best tidbits from the past month.

What if 1% of the U.S. healthcare budget went to nature-as-medicine?
Study after study has found that time in nature reduces anxiety and depression, improves physical health outcomes and has other mental health benefits like enhancing focus.

Suffering From Nature Deficit Disorder? Try Forest Bathing
An EPA study found that Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some air pollutants can be 2 times to 5 times higher than outdoors. Essentially, we spend our lives in cages breathing bad air. Too much grey, black, and white — and not enough immersion in greens and blues.

The rigors of the daily routine often make it difficult to get outside. From spending time with family and friends, the nine to five, and an abundance of other things, our obligations can get in the way. Combined with limited access to the outdoors, which could be based on something as common as not having a car or not living anywhere close to a park, it’s easy to understand why the average American spends 95 percent of their life inside.


April is co-founder and co-Executive Director for Recreation Northwest. She has a passion for place and loves exploring, experiencing and sharing the beauty of the pacific northwest.


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