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Earth Day Message - Nature walks improve mental health

Posted by Sara Levitsky on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Under: Mental Health

Earth Day Message - Nature walks improve mental health


Happy Earth Day 2015.

How does Earth Day relate to mental health?  

Research has shown that spending time in nature walking with a group can improve mental health and wellbeing.   Combining fresh air, movement and social connection can reduce stress and depression and boost mood.

According to the study's senior author Sara Warber MD, associate professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School - "Walking is an inexpensive, low risk and accessible form of exercise and it turns out that combined with nature and group settings, it may be a very powerful, under-utilized stress buster.  Our findings suggest that something as simple as joining an outdoor walking group may not only improve someone's daily positive emotions but may also contribute a non-pharmacological approach to serious conditions like depression."

For the full article, please click the link below:  

Walking off depression and beating stress outdoors?  Nature group walks linked to improved mental health.
uofmhealth.org



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